Environment conservation and responsible actions towards nature go a long way in making nature an alternate source of livelihood for the local population, who have close economic and cultural links with nature. The Vasudha programme aims at improving the quality of life of the natural habitat in the region through information dissemination, increased awareness and focused efforts to preserve and protect the same.
Children are the flag bearers of our future. They must be made sensitive towards the environment and responsible towards actions which impact the surrounding. The objective of this program is to make the young generation conscious about the importance of nature preservation and conservation and inculcate good practices amongst them.
Eco or Vasudha Clubs have been formed in schools and students participate in environment related activities through these clubs.
Various initiatives are undertaken throughout the year like exposure visits to agriculture farms and medicinal gardens, planting ornamental and medicinal gardens in schools, movie screenings, and environment based competitions and more. We also celebrate various days like World Forestry Day, World Water Day, World Environment Day, and World Ozone Day with students and the community every year.
Social forestry means the management and protection of forests and afforestation of barren and deforested lands with the purpose of helping in the environmental, social and rural development. Through this initiative, UPL Ltd. aims to involve community participation, as part of a drive towards afforestation and rehabilitating the degraded forest and common lands.
Social Forestry in Ankleshwar, Jhagadia and Vagra block: UPL Ltd is working with the Gram Panchayat in the above mentioned areas for social forestry project in the community land which has not been used for long. In this project, we are constructing bore wells, setting up solar system water pumps and micro irrigation systems to ensure continuous irrigation and thereby growth of the plants. A MOU has been signed with the community regarding the upkeep and management of the forest.
Mangrove Plantation in Vagra block: Under the initiative, we planted 1, 20,000 Mangrove plants spread across 60 acres of land in Vagra block. Mangroves not only help in preventing soil erosion but also act as a catalyst in reclaiming land from seas.
Gujarat is home to a vulnerable, resident species of Cranes called Sarus Cranes. These are found in Ahmedabad, Anand, Baroda and Kheda districts. Sarus Crane (Grus antigone), a resident species is known to use wetlands and agriculture fields and live in association with human beings. The major threat to Sarus crane in India is habitat loss and degradation due to draining wetland and conversion for agriculture, construction of roads, housing colonies, and railway lines. The long-term conservation of the species that inhabits human surroundings outside protected areas requires community protection initiatives and education and awareness programs in the major breeding, foraging and roosting areas.
UPL Ltd initiated the Sarus Conservation Project in 2015 with the following objectives:
Assessing status of Sarus Cranes: All the interventions in this program are based on the surveys and documentation done on the status and number of Sarus cranes in the region. (Congregation sites, nesting sites, numbers etc).
Awareness generation amongst students and farming community: Our awareness generation program focuses on students and farming community. They are imparted information on Sarus cranes, its habitat and importance through documentary in Gujarati. Posters, pamphlets, slide shows, lectures, posters and presentation talks are organized in the crane breeding areas. Drawing competition, spot quizzes and movie screenings are also done to spread awareness amongst the students.
Rural Sarus Protection Groups: These are community based groups who work towards a common objective of Sarus Protection. All the conservation efforts are driven through these groups.
UPL Ltd in association with Parisar Asha organizes Green Ganesha Workshops for school children in Vapi and Mumbai. The objective of the program is to sensitize the young generation about the environmental pollution caused due to POP idols and toxic colors. The children are taught to make environment friendly Green Ganesha idols. This initiative creates awareness within the society to stop this idol humiliation & environmental pollution.