Wetland Restoration and Creation
Wetlands are the most vulnerable habitat across the globe and they are very crucial form of habitat. Hence, Nature Mates have always tried to restore various wetlands around the urban settlement to allow the biodiversity dependent on them to thrive well. The Idea of restoration is simple; it is done with respect to the various species inhabiting the place. Restoration is all not at all a process of developing aesthetics, it is a process of facilitating the inhabitants in a way that they feel comfortable and stay back in the habitat. So depending on the flora and fauna available and historical data available with us we have done restoration of Santragacchi Jheel, Purbasthali Lake, Bikramgarh Jheel and many other ponds in the city.
We have also created wetlands within developmental projects with native flora and fauna so that wetland dependent species around that place can find some refuge and increase in number.
Santragacchi Jheel Restoration
We have cleaned and restored the Santragachhi Jheel during September – November 2011. It was a huge success. Media covered our work with a lot of praise. It was one of the major crowd-funded projected executed by Nature Mates. It is one of our most significant crowd-funded projects.
Purbasthali Lake Restoration
In the year 2012, we have partially cleaned the Purbasthali Oxbow Lake, as well as in the year 2013. The lake was badly blocked due to uncontrolled growth of water hyacinth. Those were manually cleaned and a navigable route was created to monitor the migratory birds.
Bikramgarh Lake Restoration
We have cleaned the restored the Bikramgarh Jheel during April 2012. The work was supported by various people and organizations. Media has given us good coverage.
We have also cleaned and restored the Sahid Nagar Bankplot Jheel during March 2013. The Jheel was restored to its original state.
Tree Transplantation and Restoration
We often face the challenge on development vs. environment. Though, tree transplantation is not an answer to this but definitely a tool to minimize the damage. We have introduced this in West Bengal and in cases where the tree got damaged or there were no other alternative available from a tree being logged we went for transplantation.
In the year 2013 we started Tree Transplantation. Venturing into this area of work started in the form of uplifting fallen trees during the months of storm. We manage to restore the trees that fell at Rabindra Sarovar area and after that we started transplanting trees which are supposed to be logged for various developmental activities.