Saviours Environment Competition
*As a part of EEAP, in the year 2005 the organisation introduced Environment Competition for the school children of classes 5th to 12th which has become an annual feature now. Classes 3rd and 5th added in it from the year 2011.
*With immense labour and limited resources the journey began with six districts of Western Uttar Pradesh in India.
* Initially starting with about 2500 students from 32 schools now the competition is organized at national level, which also received support from CBSE when the competition detail was posted on its website.
*Many senior foresters, wildlife’s, bureaucrats , educationists, professionals are now a part of this annual mega event . Their guidance and support has ensured success to the ECs.
* Over 2.65 lakh students of more than 2500 schools from across the country had participated in various Environment Competitions in past 14 years and the journey continues.
*Exciting cash prizes, trophies, medals and certificates are given to the winner students and certificates to principals, co-coordinators and teachers. Certificates to all participants.
*Former minister in UP Government Shahid Manzoor, Magsaysay Award Winner and popularly known as Waterman of India Rajendra Singh, Dr. B. P. Neelratan( Former Jt Secretary in Ministry of Environment and Forest), Dr. Maxine Olson( co-ordinator and member representative of United Nations )and many other distinguish guests had blessed the campaign by their presence in past years. Besides, many District Magistrates , Divisional commissioners, Divisional Forest Officers and Conservators of Forest also had been the part of the campaign.
* Saviours` Environment Competition`s wide acceptance and its steady and firm growth in terms of increasing number of students and schools is a testimony to its strong appeal to green heart principals, teachers and students. Saviours continues to be an enlightening source and means for millions of those who believe in ‘Protecting Mother Nature’ for a better life on this only living planet.
Environmental Education Awareness Program (EEAP)
Begin to educate the school children about flora, fauna and environment. The purpose was also to create awareness among the children so that they not only grow as responsible adults having concern for environment but also sensitize their parents and rest of the adults in and around them. Conducts different activities like camps, seminars, competitions etc.
Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Program -
*This program has been designed for conservation of highly endangered ‘ Fresh Water River Dolphins’ found in the Upper Gangetic Basin, stretched in 165 kms between Bijnore to Narora towns of Uttar Pradesh.
* Because of these dolphins this stretch of Ganges had been declared as first Ramsar site of Uttar Pradesh.
* Students, teachers, river dependent communities like Mallah, fishermen, common man and media persons are effectively contributing for conservation of this aquatic animal.
*The success of the program is the rising population of dolphins from 35 to 53 in past years and the involvement of river dependent communities like Mallah(Boatsman).
* On October 5, 2009, union government declared these dolphins as ‘ National Aquatic Animal’.
* These Gangetic dolphins called ‘Soos’ in local language here are blind by birth and is an aquatic mammal.
* It is believed that these Gangetic dolphins are among few creatures which heralded Ganga when it came down on earth.
* River dolphins are found in only four river systems of the world viz- Ganga (India), Indus(Pakistan), Amazon(America) and Yang-Tse( China) . It however is almost extinct in China.
*They are at the top of the food chain of rivers and are indicators of good biodiversity and less pollution in rivers .
The 82 kilometer river stretch of Ganga downstream of Garhmukteshwar till Narora Barrage in Bulandshahr district has been designated as a Ramsar site of international importance in the year 2005. The river provides habitat to endangered fauna including six species of fresh water turtles. Other than the major threats like industrial and household sewage discharge, intensive fishing and agriculture run of, Palej (river bed farming) leads to encrochment of turtle nesting sites and destruction of eggs during ploughing.
Saviours is involved in conservation of these turtles seeking help of local residents, river bed farmers, schools and villagers. In process of conservation, Saviors team educate riverbed farmers and locals about importance of turtles or a robust river and environment and trying to make them custodian of their nests instead of a destroyer. School children and locals get associated with every step of conservation right from shifting turtles nests to a secured hatchery and then hatchlings in secured pond before their release into natural home, Ganga.
The 82 kms stretch of river Ganga between Garhmukteshwar to Narora Barrage was declared Ramsar site in the year 2005 because of presence of highly endangered Gangatic dolphins, which is also rich in biodiversity. The area alongside the Ganges has different species of birds, butterflies, vegetation, aquatic life and many other mesmerizing miracles of Mother Nature.
Saviours has designed a Wild Walk near village Basi Bangar and Niranjarpur of district Bulandshahr to introduce this rich biodiversity to students, teachers, corporates and other sections of the society. Expert conservation biologists and wildlifers brief the Wild Walk groups about the biodiversity and their importance for a healthy environment. We invite small groups of students, teachers, corporates to join the eco trail and feel the magic and miracles of Mother Nature.