ENVIRONEMENT RELATED PROJECTS


 

Paravur Lake & Ithikkara River Protection Council

As the lake is dying fast and the river too is fatally hurt, a council of people from various segment was brought together to coordinate activities to revive the water bodies.The council has taken it upon themselves to immediately work for the cause of reopening of the estuary with immediate effect

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Green Messenger

HELP Foundations signature GM program is primarily aimed at schools where we train students to be Green Scouts and they are asked to lead by example in their neighbor hood and surroundings. This has been launched at Mayyanad High School on

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Mangrove Afforestation Program- Harita Theeram

Armed with our exposure and experience gained from our first phase of mangrove plantation activities we innovated towards direct usage of seeds and the methods adopted in planting.Planting in places which are less of public use would guarantee that if it has sprouted the chances of survival are more

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Wild Life

HELP Foundations signature GM program is primarily aimed at schools where we train students to be Green Scouts and they are asked to lead by example in their neighbor hood and surroundings. This has been launched at Mayyanad High School on

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Umayanallor Paddy Fields

Kerala is fast loosing its paddy fields and along with it the glorious agriculture tradition, folk songs and art forms that had developed along with it. The local dialect of different communities, their art and cultural forms developed along with the farming tradition in this agriculture-dominated district. Most of these art forms were developed by the marginalized and peripheral communities, which had deep insight into the traditions and knowledge.
According to the State Planning Board, Kerala lost over 500,000 hectares of paddy fields between 1980 and 2007. But due to serious intervention of Kerala government in the year 2010 , 15000 hectors of land kept fallow for 2-5 decades brought under cultivation ,paddy production increased by 1.25 lakh tones ,upland paddy cultivation started in another 1000 hectors. In the Eighties there have been attempts to assist the farming community by means of water diversification and other irrigation techniques so as to increase food production. Appropriate farm management techniques have to be adopted to ensure food security and to stop driving indigenous communities to desperation. But there is tremendous deficit in understanding of natural issues and this leads to unsustainable policy formulations heavily driven by subsidies.
Policy Decision Makers in the various governmental departments have little first hand knowledge of the situation on ground and they are not in any way connected to the Scientific Community. NGOs or local level researchers are often ignored as mere activists and they get to interfere on developmental issues once the implementation process hits the ground. Current method of approaching Paddy farming revolving around Agricultural Officers who are not held accountable or are rated based on their performance is
In the earlier days rice used to be cultivated almost in all parts of Kerala in three seasons .They were Mundakan ,Viruppu and puncha . By adopting good quality seedlings,adequate use of organic manure, integrated water and pest management Kerala farmers can increase rice yield and thereby profit from it.
In the above described context let’s approach and analyze the degradation of Umayanallor Yela and look closely the age old tradition of farming and how it contributed to the local economy, animal husbandry and food security. As well as its impact on the pristine Environment, Local Culture, Loss of biodiversity and Livelihood factors affecting the indigenous farmer’s community. In the process we can look at the corrective measures that need to be adopted to nurse it back to its former glory.

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