Taloja Watershed is a is a hill range adjoining the Taloja Lake and Owe dam. It is a water shed zone as it separates the rainwaters flowing to different water bodies including Taloja Lake in near vicinity. It is situated close to Sector 35 C in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The land belongs to Panvel Forest Dept. and the local residents for Sector 35 have been carrying out environmental protection activity for past few years. The forest department is keen that the local community take up the initiative of greening the hill. The hilly is largely denuded with fewer trees. There is an immediate requirement of soil control and afforestation of the hill. It will improve the water table as well as benefit the neighboring Owe village as well. Additionally it will enhance the biodiversity of the region.
Reforestation should be used to build forest networks that are surrounded by low-intensity land use and that provide links within regions and between biomes. By reforesting Taloja Hill we will be providing a healthy linkage among the hill ranges of Kharghar and Belapur.
Location: Sector 35I, Taloja Jail Road, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
Duration: June 2020 - May 2023
Project Partner: iNaturewatch Foundation
Funding Agency: DCB Bank Ltd.
1. Protect water resources and the rivers.
2. Control soil erosion.
3. Enrich soil with nitrogen and other minerals.
4. Improve the air quality.
5. Increase in water recycling and humidity.
6. Carbon sequestration.
7. Climate mitigation for the region.
8. Tree nursery planning
9. Production of fruits, nuts that adds value to the local farmers.
10. Local citizen participation in protecting the hill.
11. Sustainability and Reforestation education.
12. Resilient region and planet.
The first bird survey was carried out on 6 June 2020 where 32 different bird species were recorded. The second survey was done on 14 June 2020 wherein 22 bird species were recorded. The total bird species recorded during the summer survey on the hill is 34 species
The tree survey was carried out on 23 May 2020 and 6 June 2020. A total of 40 species were found on the hill.
This involves the placement of lines of stones along the natural rises of a landscape, help to capture and hold rainfall before it can become runoff. They also inhibit wind erosion by keeping the soil intact. It consists of building earthen embankments across the slope of the land, following the contour as closely as possible. Altogether 15 continuous contour bunds were dug of approximately 12 to 16 feet long.
Plantation along slopes: Along the slop we plant shrubs and herbs like Bamboo, Biter Hedge and Khaas. Till date we planted 350 herbs and 250 shrubs. · Plantation on Hill Tops & Ridges: We planted all trees on hill tops and ridges. We planted 321 saplings. Our target for the year was 500 but managed to plant 321 saplings owing to lockdown situation
You can help in creating a community forest besides the project mandate of 5000 sapling by helping us plant additional 1000 saplings.
You can choose to plant virtually. We will do real time plantation and share photos and coordinates and care for them.
You can pledge a sapling for just Rs.500/- per sapling. We will plant a 6 month old sapling and care for it for 3 years.