Green Mission Aurangabad
Cultivating havens of biodiversity across Aurangabad.
The Green Aurangabad Mission is one of our most ambitious projects - planting over 20,000 trees at six sites across Aurangabad, including at two schools and two public health centers.
As these SUGi Pocket Forests continue to grow, they will become areas of rich biodiversity that support wildlife and become hubs for environmental education in their respective communities. These green spaces will also offer a peaceful place for local people to shelter from heat and reap the benefits of nature from better air quality to peace of mind.
The project is an example of ‘urban acupuncture’ in action - a term coined by the Spanish architect and urbanist, Marco Casagrande - meaning an array of small, considered interventions across a city. Forests and green spaces serve as the acupuncture needles, helping the city to heal and rebalance itself.
“We are interested to plant a Miyawaki forest on our college campus to increase biodiversity and support the local ecology. This forest will help us to teach our students about biodiversity, the importance of native species and ecological restoration.”
Mr Sonawane, Goraksh College, Phulambri, Aurangabad
Forest Report: 2023
Bandajai Ban Biodiversity Park
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
There is a strong presence of wildlife due to this isolated campus. Sometimes, dead wood is being used by the local community for firewood and fuel.
This is a very special forest, although small, it is mighty. The Khemka Community has taken this land on leave and license from the government - over the past two years they have been planting and nurturing trees there.
18 months ago, they tried to plant a dense forest in this spot, but trees didn't survive. They were disheartened. With our support & expertise, they have now planned and executed brand new Miyawaki in the middle of their plantation site!
It's being lovingly cared for by local families and acquaintances of the Khemka Community - by anyone from the city who would like to volunteer!
MIT is a leading college in the Marathwada Region with students coming in from far away towns and villages to get an IT education in the city of Aurangabad.
This corner of the campus was full of debris and scrap and the students staying at the boys' hostel were disturbed by it. They requested us to suggest what they could plant and do there without following up with the administration.
Under the GAM, we told them we'd plant the forest for them as long as they agree to maintain and nurture it. And so, the MIT college Students Forest was born!
Forest Report: 2022
Bandajai Ban Biodiversity Park
This is a family-owned space that is now developing into a biodiversity park, for the community, over a 10-acre area.
This space is dedicated to research and trials of different methods of plantation, restoration and water management, such a Butterfly gardens, efforts for removal of invasive species like lantana, gliricidia, subabul, and replacement with native indigenous species.
This forest has been planted to increase the green cover of the Satara-Kanchanwadi ward of Aurangabad City.
The forest will be watered through harvested rainwater and mulched using materials from the farm itself. It is being cared for lovingly by the family that resides on this farm. A family of Spotted Owlets have begun to make their home in a tree neighbouring the forest.
SRPF Moon Phase
The State Reserve Police Force has a vast campus with over 1,200 families living on-site and 1,500 trainees.
This site has enabled the families to experience planting, nurturing and growing of a native forest onsite! The watering, weeding & general maintenance has become a routine process for the trainees. One of them said, "This forest feels like family, and taking care of it feels like bringing up kids. It's a pleasure and a responsibility. And it feels so right. Thank you SUGi!".
The plantation has been made in the phases of the moon, to make optimal use of the space available, interspersed between shrubs that were already standing. Water harvesting techniques of Bunding were also instituted.