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Nizampet Lake Rehabilitation Project

Introduction

Nizampet Lake which was once a serene lake in green environs have a different story to tell today. The lake is bombarded with waste materials and pollutants which is killing the aquatic life that survives in the lake. Also, the lake surroundings is full of unbearable stench. This Nizampet lake needs urgent attention and proper conservation.


And from here our work starts:

We, the Ladybird Environmental Consulting team has launched the Nizampet lake project, to rehabilitate the lake as well as work on beautification of its surroundings.


The overall goal of the proposed project is to transform the deteriorating Nizampet Lake through habitat improvement initiatives. We will carry out lake clean up and strengthening activities along with shore protection measures through afforestation.


We will make the pathways beautiful with plantation. We will also increase awareness about lake among the locals and inspire them to help us in its beautification. This is a 18 month project and we hope to achieve what we have set out to do.


With its motto 'Help people in helping environment' Ladybird Environmental Consulting is all set to carry its Nizampet lake project to its peak.


In partnership with Wells Fargo Solutions for India, Youth for Seva and Local Municipal Corporations....Ladybird enters into new waters into new territory. 

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LOCATION: Hyderabad

PROJECT DURATION: August 2018- Januray 2020.

PROJECT OUTCOMES: 

1. Increase in the green cover 

2. Increase in the local biodiversity 

3. Improvement in the water and soil quality.

4. Increase in awareness about the lake among  the citizens.

5. Fulfillment of Biodiversity Aichi Target no. 1, 5, 14

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Project Activities

Surveys

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  • Baseline Survey
  • Lake Perception Surveys
  • Biodiversity surveys 
  • Soil and water analysis

Biodiversity Plantation

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  • Ground preparation
  • Plantation of 5150 bird, butterfly, bat and bee attracting plants ( herbs, shrubs, trees)
  • Installation of drip irrigation system

Lake Management

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  • Appointment of project team
  • Declaring open-close hours for the lake
  • Establishing project office inside lake
  • Controlling all ant-lake activities.


Signage Development

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  • 13 Tree bilingual signage
  • 12 Bird bilingual signage

Employee Engagement

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  • Wells Fargo employees volunteer in plantation, clean up and plantation maintenance works of periodic basis.

Community Engagement

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  • Formed whatsapp and Facebook group of local communities
  • Conducting monthly lake safaris.

Quarterly Project Updates

Surveys

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  • BUTTERFLIES: Three new  butterfly species were recorded with total 26 species being spotted near the lake.
  • BIRDS: The earlier records indicated 37 species of birds and now the count has increased to 46.
  • SOIL  ANALYSIS: The soil is strongly alkaline in nature hence recommended continuous mulching  and adding manure to the plantation sites.
  • WATER ANALYSIS: Low pH (acidic water) & high Total Dissolved Solids due to the idol immersion.

Plantation Updates

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Most of the plants outside the boundary and along the lake shores were well established. There are 57 plantation beds wherein we planted 1832 plants. Several species started flowering. The plantation is not only supporting the environment but also supporting the local biodiversity of the lake. Visitors now spot various different types of birds and butterflies in and around the lake. There were few plants which were not growing well and  died. To compensate the loss of these plants at lake we did re-plantation of some species.

Signage Development

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We developed 25 bilingual signage which includes; 12 for trees and 13 bird signage. These signage will help in creating awareness about local birds and trees in and around the lake. The content is scientific yet simple language is used. Each has a common English and Telugu name, scientific name is given in English only. Among trees, flower and fruiting season is mentioned along with its medicinal as well as ecological functions. Among birds, information related to their flight period, whether they are migratory and whether the species faces any threats.

Employee Engagement Programmes

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Three employee engagement programmes were conducted for the Employees of Wells Fargo India Solution Pvt. Ltd. wherein they helped in maintenance of the habitat.

They helped in de-weeding and removing of the invasive species of plants, mulching and loosening of the soil around the plants, doing lake clean-up activity, giving support to the climbers. 

Community Engagement Programmes

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In this quarter we conducted four community engagement programmes like nature trails and bird watching programmes  for local citizens and schools students.  

The programme is basically conducted around the lake. A nature trail is conducted wherein all the flora and the faiuna of the lkake is been explored and the importance of the lake is also been explained.

CONCLUSION

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In its six month, there is a remarkable change in the lake’s outlook. The increasing number of walkers visiting the lake is a sign that things are progressing in right direction. Several problems of the lake have been reduced due to open and close hours. Increased in terrestrial biodiversity also indicates that the plantation is helping them to strive well.   There is more scope for plantation, therefore we plan to start a small nursery so that we grow saplings out of the seeds collected from mature plants. Also, rootlets and branch clippings will be made to grow new saplings. We plan to conduct more lake safaris for the local schools and monthly birdwatching programmes.


For Volunteering contact us on +91 9082365358 or write to us on team @ladybirdconsulting.co.i