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GULF OF MANNAR MARINE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

During the course of the awareness generation campaign among the fisherfolk on the need for the conservation and development of the Biosphere, COODU has also prepared micro-plans for providing alternative livelihood to the fishermen community living along the Gulf of Mannar and subsisting on its resources, for getting financial assistance from the UNDP. Being recognized by the Biosphere Reserve Trust as one of the premier organizations in carrying out its objectives COODU hopes to work with the trust under the aegis of the UNDP to facilitate the fishermen in finding alternative livelihoods on a sustainable basis.

TN-IAMWARM PROJECT– PWD/WRD - PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT (PIM) IN GUNTAR BASIN - WORLD BANK AIDED PROJECT (Implementation in Madurai, Viruthunagar and Theni districts)

The integrated agriculture management of water bodies and restoration management project (IAMWARM) is one of the flagship programme of the Government of Tamil Nadu to disseminate information on best practices in Agriculture and equip various stakeholders such as farmers, laborers etc., in skills related to water management, conservation measures, environment development etc., Peopled with agriculture officers, horticulture officers, environment engineers, agricultural engineers, agro - economists etc., from various departments, the IAMWARM project is being implemented in all river basins of the state. The organizations had already conducted awareness campaign among farmers and other stakeholders to create awareness on pollution in water bodies as well as agricultural land in the Guntar division. Under the project, the organization has been assigned the districts of Madurai, Virudhunagar and Theni, where 70 Water Users Associations have been formed. The organization has been chosen as the support organization under this World Bank aided project. The organization has the capacity and experience in capacity building and training to various stakeholders including farmers agricultural labourers and elected representatives for Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) in the sub basins of Upper Vaigai, Varattar, Nagalar, Upper Gundar, SindapalliUppodai, Therkar&Senkottaiar lying in the districts of Madurai, Virudhunagar and Theni under the Superintending Engineer, Vaippar Basin Circle, Virudhunagar.

TN-IAMWARM - ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME.

The PWD-Environmental Cell Division had, in the year 2012-13, entrusted COODU with creating awareness on eco-friendly practices, solid waste management, Global warming and water management among officials, general public, local bodies representatives and farmers in Chennai and Coimbatore divisions. The organisation had conducted Environmental Fair/Exhibitions in Ongur sub-division of Varahanadhi River basin in Kanchipuram district, Cooum sub division of Chennai basin in Tiruvallur district, motivating local body representatives for solid waste management/sewage treatment at Cheyyar-Kiliyar sub basin of Palar basin in Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur district in January 2013, Solid Waste Management / Sewage Treatment in Adyar sub basin of Chennai basin in Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Chennai districts in January 2013, Exposure and field visit to eco-friendly practices for WRO officials, members of WUAs and farmers in Thurinjalar sub basin of Pennaiyar basin in Thiruvannamalai district in March 2012, Exposure and field visit to eco-friendly practices for WRO officials, members of WUAs and farmers in Araniyar sub basin of Chennai basin in Tiruvallur district in September 2012, two days exposure and field visit to eco friendly practices for WRO officials, members of WUAs and farmers in Pambar to Thirukovilar sub basin of Varahanadhi basin in Tiruvannamalai district in October 2012, Environmental Fair/Exhibition, bench marking, recognition of good eco-friendly practices, green awards in Nallavur sub basin of Varahanadhi basin in Villupuram district in September 2012,

NABARD District Water Awareness Campaign (“KrishiJaldoot”)

An awareness meeting was held on 21.06.2017 to sensitise farmers, agricultural labourers, women SHG members and the general public on the need to conserve Water both for irrigation and drinking in Dhayanur in KalampalayamPanchayat. Objectives: a. To create a bio diversity park for the green cover of our project area b. To replicate the success of the experiment in all possible areas. c. To start a green watershed concept to collaborate/convergence with other institutions d. To inaugurate world environment day celebrations e. To coordinate NABARD KrishiJaldootcampaign

iv. ITC – CSR WATER CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN

In March 2017, 2018 and 2019, COODU celebrated World Water Day and organised Water Mela,inDhayanur in Karamadai block. As part of it, competitions in eloquence, drawing and essay on judicious use of water were conducted for school and college students and a rally was held with the participation of students, farmers and SHG members in the block. Discourses on water management, better practices in cultivation of banana and coconut, micro-irrigation, promotion of FPOs were made by academics and experts from the TNAU and Avinashilingam KVK. Documentaries on watershed development projects being implemented by COODU., supported by ITC Ltd., selection of coconut seeds and organic farming were screened. Farmers shared their experiences in soil and moisture conservation, water resource development and natural farming in the watersheds.

OOTY LAKE CONSERVATION PROJECT

Under the department of environment and forests, Government of Tamil Nadu, conservation of Ooty Lake was undertaken. From the year 2016-17, massive awareness campaigns on conservation of the lake were launched. COODU., entrusted with the task, organised walkathon, formed committees, mobilised volunteers, conducted workshop, street plays, and a mass cleaning exercise on channels and the lake. A blitzkrieg media campaign was launched. The municipality of Ooty assisted COODU in carrying out all conservation activities. The army from wellington officers’ academy involved servicemen in the clean-up of the lake. The feeder canal, collecting rain water from Udhagamandalam town and strewn with garbages was cleaned by COODU., with the assistance of volunteers. Handbills and boards containing messages to people to keep the canal clean were distributed and displayed.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT PROJECT

In the background of the Tsunami and other calamities, the Government has directed the urban and rural local bodies to prepare Disaster Management Plans to cope with natural and other disaster/calamities such as Tsunami, Earthquake, Fire, Flood, etc. The Municipal Corporation of Coimbatore, as directed, entrusted formulation of ‘Urban Earthquake Vulnerability ReductionProject’ to the organization created a database on the ward profile by conduct of Participatory Learning Methods involving elected representative es, officials and the people at the ward level and, based on the existing as well as required infrastructures, formulated the disaster management plan.

Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve

During the course of the awareness generation campaign among the fisherfolk on the need for the conservation and development of the Biosphere, COODU has also prepared micro-plans for providing alternative livelihood to the fishermen community living along the Gulf of Mannar and subsisting on its resources, for getting financial assistance from the UNDP. Being recognized by the Biosphere Reserve Trust as one of the premier organizations in carrying out its objectives COODU hopes to work with the trust under the aegis of the UNDP to facilitate the fishermen in finding alternative livelihoods on a sustainable basis.

OOTY LAKE CONSERVATION PROJECT - I

Alarmed at the levels of pollution in the Ooty lake caused by the canal, the District Administration entrusted the task of cleaning and conservation of the lake and Kodapmund channel to the Organisation in the years 2016-2018. The feeder canal, collecting rain water from Udhagamandalam town and strewn with garbages was cleaned by COODU., with the assistance of volunteers. Handbills and boards containing messages to people to keep the canal clean were distributed and displayed.

OOTY LAKE CONSERVATION PROJECT - II

Under the department of Environment and Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu, conservation of Ooty Lake was undertaken. From the year 2016-17, massive awareness campaigns on conservation of the lake were launched. COODU., entrusted with the task, organised walkathon, formed committees, mobilised volunteers, conducted workshop, street plays, and a mass cleaning exercise on channels and the lake. A blitzkrieg media campaign was launched. The municipality of Ooty assisted COODU in carrying out all conservation activities. The army from wellington officers’ academy involved servicemen in the clean-up of the lake.