Introduction to a Typical Indian village transformation from agriculture to Avian Tourism 16-Oct-2012 -By Mayur Shah – -Dethali Gram Vikas Mandal
Where is Dethali90KM from Ahmedabad, Population of 1300 people, 40% live belowpoverty line. Many occupation is Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
Dethali Gram Vikas Mandal - - Selfhelp group and their activities -• Water conservation Digging a main lake and 10 more surrounding small lakes.• Main lake is in 30 Acres of area and can hold upto 90 million litre of waters.• Was dug over a period of 8 years. Water can store upto two years even without rains.• Dairy development• Road building and School Infrastructure improvement• Ground water channel replenishment• And many more….
Picture of Lake filled with Water - 2011 A draught prone area converted to water surplus by storing surface water.
Concept of Jambuvan• Once digging was over the lake front had to be developed to keep the lake intact.• An idea was conceived to create a beautiful forest by growing tree on the bank of Lake.• The trees will give enough strength and conserve water both in their roots and canopy will help reduce evaporation• Jambuvan in the memory of late Jain Monk Jambuvijayji (A globally renowned scholar and strong believer in Jivadaya) was planned.
Initial PlanBased on the principles a plan was drawn to grow 87 trees (87 years was his mortal age) which will attract birds, give them shelter, food and peace. People will get peace while praying here. Jambuvan Gate Deri Trees (Temple) Which was later evolved into a bigger project
Project Jambuvan (Natural chabutaro) in revised avatar Jambuvan Sustainable Tourism Spirituality Environment (Village uplifting (Making of unique and awareness for pilgrim place) (development of Lake, lakefront and birds) birds)
What is Chabutaro Dethali’s ChabutaroAn Oasis for granivorous birds. People keep grains and water on elevated platform with shelter
Place for deri (temple for Jambuvijayji) under Banyan Tree
Work Under progress for strengthening Lake front and defense wall
Creation of JambuDweep (Islands in lake) as an oasis for birds
Migratory and Resident patrons of Jambuvan• Saraus cranes • Oriental Honey Bazzard - Male• Painted Stork • Black Ibis or Red nipped Ibis• Eurasian Spoonbill • Woolly-necked Stork• Cattle Egret • Common Teal• Cattle Egret with orange • Little Green Bee-Eater neck • Purple Sunbird• Little Cormorant • Common Hoopoe• Spot billed Duck • Baya Weaver• CombDuck • Chestnut headed Bea-Eater• Mallard • Common Kingfisher• Black Winged Stilt • Grey Plover• Painted Stork • Drongo Birds• Indian Pond Heron • Pied (white) Wagtail • Black headed IBIs or Asian White IBIS• Purple Heron • Lesser Whistling duck STILL A LOT OF THEM TO BE INDETIFIED……
Future Plans – more Trees around Lake front and more Islands within Lake
Involving next generation- Art work by Dethali Primary School kids- CLEAN VILLAGE--CLEAN LAKE ART COMPETITON. The participation by Village kids and their pious thoughts for cleanliness, Environment and Jeevadaya was an eye-Opener
Ms. Meera Sanyal CEO Royal bankof Scotland, India at Jambuvan site Joint meeting with Trustees and on her visit to Dethali on villagers at Jambuvan – May-6- 18-march-2012 2012 Visit by Distinguished guests Renowned Scientist Dr. Arvind Patel and Mr. Sakuma of Daiwa Securities Japan at Dethali to talk on modern and sustainable agriculture July-7-2012
Towards Avian Special Zone…• Awareness towards each species• Realization of using non-toxic chemicals in farms• Involving Kids as Avian Ambassadors and clean village• Move towards putting Dethali on Avian-Eco tourism map. Bird nest Avian Ambassadors