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Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve Conservation

Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve Conservation Education Programme
1991 – Establishment of a field office in Ooty for
  • Environmental Education
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Firewood conservation
Our Achievements
  • Cleaning up Doddabetta
  • Sustainable development in a tribal village – Bokkapuram
  • Establishment of a Gene pool of medicinal plants at Thambatty
  • Herbal gardens for NGOs, colleges, schools and rural communities Anti Plastic Campaign
  • Firewood conservation through establishment of 305 smokeless chulhas and gobar gas plants
  • Restoration of Sacred Grove at Masinagudi
  • Income generation for Kurumba, Kota and Irula tribals through paintings, pottery and fibre craft respectively

CPREEC established its first field office at Ooty in 1991 with the aim of conserving the ecology of the Nilgiris. The importance of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve has been a key theme in CPREEC’s outreach to the teachers, teacher trainees, villagers, village forest committee members, women and students. CPREEC suggested and implemented an Anti Plastic Campaign, which is organized annually at Ooty, Nilgiris.  To protect the forests, CPREEC has been training the Toda, Kurumba, Kota and Irula tribes of the Nilgiris on income generation programmes and formed Forest Protection Committees with tribal youth.

Thambatty Herbal Garden

The herbal garden was established by CPREEC with the support of Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) of Nilgiri District. It is fully maintained by CPREEC. The garden acts as a genepool of medicinal plants as well as a mini water-catchment area. Around 140 perennial medicinal herbs and 30 seasonal plants are being conserved.

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