The ACCC outreach activities are very diverse and all-encompassing. They include providing multi-purpose plant species for meeting the diverse needs of local communities, building awareness and capacities of NGOs, Panchayats, other institutions, individuals and other stakeholders on environmental conservation, using art as a medium to take conservation to a larger audience. The environmental education programme, now in its sixth year (2010), has concentrated around Singampatti villages but is expanding to areas further north near the proposed community reserve of Vaagaikulum.

Outreach material

Nature guide
Building awareness about the richness of life around us in the local context requires material in local languages, conveying information about the local flora and fauna. The available field guides are mostly in English and filled with jargon that is often intimidating for a lay person. To address this issue, ATREE has come out with a first-of-its-kind bi-lingual; multi-taxa nature guide to KMTR. The guide, authored by T. Ganesh, R. Ganesan, SoubadraDevy and JahnaviPai, aims at disseminating basic information about common and unique plants and animals of the region among school children and other individuals interested in knowing more about the reserve.

The ACCC team brings out a newsletter ‘Agasthya’ once in four months. This highlights the significant work in the Agasthyamalai region by ATREE staff in a reader-friendly language. We are planning to bring out Agasthya in Tamil and have people from the landscape contribute to it.

We are also in the process of developing a comprehensive education manual for wetlands, which would encourage students to discover life in the wetlands around their villages and instruct them in steps they can take to conserve it.

ATREE’s Agasthyamalai Community Conservation Centre (ACCC), in association with Pearl City Nature Society (PCNS), Thoothukudi, and Nellai Nature Club (NNC), Tirunelveli, are conducting the 7th edition of Tamirabharani Waterbird Count (TWC) on 4 February 2017.

The Tamirabharani wetlands support over 90 species of waterbirds, most of which are migratory species.

Interested persons can take part in the survey and compilation of information about the winged visitors they could see during the count.

Please contact: Mr M Mathivanan, Coordinator, ACCC (email: mathi@atree.org, mobile: 94880 63750).