Urban Forest for a training institute in Osmanpura
With SUGi, the Green Aurangabad Mission (GAM) will create a Miyawaki dense forest in the Govt. ITI College, Osmanpura, Aurangabad.
The forest will be spread out on an area of 8,000 sq ft and act as green-lung for the region. It will help in promoting the local biodiversity by planting native species of flora which would also harbor the native fauna. Student engagement is also an important aspect of this project as workshops will be conducted to train them on soil amendment and the Miyawaki method of plantation. The maintenance and monitoring of the forest will also be done by the students and college staff.
Forest Maker EcoSattva
“This forest air filter and carbon sink is critical in the backdrop of the imminent risk of global climate change, ever reducing green cover, dwindling biodiversity, worsening water scarcity and impending socio-economic crises due to frequently occurring natural disasters, especially floods, droughts and landslides.”
— Praveen Srivastava, CCF & Dy. DG of Social Forestry dept (Marathwada region)
Forest Report: 18 Months
This forest is doing well, even though it suffered during the intense drought earlier in the year. We connect survival rate to this climatic event, though the growth rate is good. The tallest tree recorded is the Drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera) at 610cm, this is approximately a doubling in height over the last year. The forest is dense and the canopy is forming well, resulting in it also being noticeably cooler in temperature in the forest than outside.
The forest is bringing real enrichment to the ITI College community - students and teachers alike are enjoying seeing it grow and transform the degraded space that it once was.
Several species of butterfly continue to make a home in this forest: the Striped Tiger (Danaus genutia), Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), Chocolate Pansy (Junonia iphita), Lemon Pansy (Junonia lemonias) and Common Bushbrown (Mycalesis perseus). Purple-rumped sunbirds (Leptocoma zeylonica) are also regularly seen in the forest. Various plants are flowering beautifully, including the Cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) and orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata).
Forest Report: 6 Months
The tallest tree recorded in the forest was a Drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera) at 300cm, but in October 2021 a thunderstorm sadly brought this down. Still, the average height of the forest is 150cm to 182cm.
Forest Report: Planting