Issue 12 l December 2020
Director's Corner
"This is the last month of the year 2020. One small virus caused many problems in the world at the same time. While the world was struggling on economic, social and psychological level, everyone also experienced a clean environment. This year has taught us a lot. The main thing is that the Earth will survive only if we take care of all the living beings on the earth, otherwise, any such virus will destroy the world. Let's take pledge today to save life on earth. !!"
- Dr. Vinitaa Apte
Founder Director, TERRE

Common Name:
Scientific name:
Bauhinia variegate
Bauhinia variegata is a species of flowering plant in the legume family Fabaceae. It is native to an area from China through Southeast Asia to the Indian subcontinent. Common names include orchid tree (though not belonging to the family Orchidaceae) and mountain ebony.
Description - 
It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 10–12 metres (33–39 ft) tall, deciduous in the dry season. The leaves are 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) obcordate shaped, long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are conspicuous, bright pink or white, 8–12 centimetres (3.1–4.7 in) diameter, with five petals. Pollens are elongated, approximately 75 microns in length. The fruit is a seedpod 15–30 centimetres (5.9–11.8 in) long, containing several seeds. The seedpod dries completely on the tree, 
Uses as a food Medicine - 
Kachnar is a local name in India and Pakistan for the edible buds collected from the tree; it is widely used as an ingredient in many subcontinent recipes. Traditional kachnar curry is prepared using kachnar buds, yogurt, onions and native spices. Kachnar buds are also eaten as a stir-fried vegetable and used to make achaar, 
Issue 12 l December 2020
Video Conference Organized by NPSC
(20th November 2020)

The National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) has organized a video conference for GOI-UNDP-GEF India High Range Mountain Landscape project (with the aim of to mainstream biodiversity considerations in key production sectors) on 20th Day of November 2020 between IST 14:15 PM: 15:20 PM. Dr.Vinitaa Apte, Founder Director TERRE Policy Centre Pune was invited by NPSC as a Steering committee member. Also, Dr. V B Mathur, Chairman NBA Dr. Ruchi Pant Head NRM, UNDP also joined the conference.
Below three agendas were discussed during the conference:
Agenda 1) Presentation of Physical & Financial Progress of the project.
By Additional Chief Secretary & Secretary, Planning & Economic Affairs, Govt. of Kerala.
Agenda 2) Presentation of Annual Work Plan for the Year 2020-21 & 2021-22.
Agenda 3) Presentation on Proposed Mid-term review of the project

Webinar Recording for Paryavaran Shala, Dombivli NGO
(24th November 2020)
On 24th November 2020 ‘Paryavaran Shala, Dombivali has organized a recording of the webinar on the activities and initiatives of TERRE Policy Centre and other organizations who are actively working for the betterment of our Environment at grass-root level. Dr. Vinita Apte, Founder Director, TERRE Policy Centre was the key speaker for the webinar.
Dr. Apte addressed the Vision and Objectives of TERRE Policy Centre and working on the organization's motto i.e. "Think Global, Act Local". Dr. Apte also explained the various projects and Initiatives of TERRE such as Afforestration, Environmental Awareness, Watershed Development, Community Development, Waste Management, Biodiversity Conservation and many more. While talking about projects and experiences she mentioned that many organizations and individual are working for the betterment of our environment and for that, only as an organization TERRE wants to Connect those people under a single umbrella for a great impact towards our sustainable future.
Issue 10 l October 2020
TERRE's Initiative for the conservation of migratory bird 'Amur Falcon’ in Assam, North East India
(7th of November 2020)
100+ saplings were distributed in Umru of West Karbi Anglong on 7th of November 2020. Umru is the place where the migratory birds ‘Amur Falcon’ used to migrate every year. Through the distribution of saplings, TERRE has organized an awareness programme for the local community, especially for local youth to avoid hunting and suggestion on alternatives for their daily survival. The awareness programme was followed with some physical activities for the local youths such as football and volleyball. This initative leads to reduce in the hunting of Amur Falcon which will provide a safe habitat for the conservation of this migratory species.
Awareness Programme for Students and Local Community on the Conservation of Amur Falcon
TERRE Launched its "TERRE's Botanical Garden"
On 28th November 2020, TERRE Policy Centre has started its new initiative of "Botanical Garden" closed to Mulshi Dam(In Mulshi). The aim of implementing Botanical garden is to develop natural dense forest spread on private land with more than 100 native plant species of Western Ghat. 
Implementation of TERRE's Botanical Garden has been initiated by the TERRE team at Maale village in Mulshi Tehsil. The planned  Botanical Garden Covered under total 30,000 sq. ft of the area which will be converted into a patch of more than 100 native plant species from western ghat of Maharashtra within next one month.
TERRE's aim to a built man-made natural hotspot for the students & youth to get aware regarding the various native plant species of Western Ghat which will help to nurture their ease to understand the natural environment.
To Contribute in TERRE's Botanical Garden as a Donation Click Here
Issue 12 l December 2020
TERRE Olympiad 2020-21
This year Due to COVID-19 the Award Ceremony of TERRE Olympiad will be a Virtual Event.
For More information please here
Issue 12 l December 2020
About TERRE New Initiate "Nisarg Rang" Magazine  

In this magazine students will receive information in a simple way which will make the students understand easily, to explore the world of birds, insects, wildlife, forests, different trees, rivers, seas and even in the sky. Twice a month we will take you to the nature tour.
All you have to do is register with us.

…………………….So let's go on this journey with nature

Magazine  information

  1. This magazine is for the students of 4th to 7th standard, containing interesting and mysteries knowledge from the treasure of nature. The issue will be published every 15th day from July 16, 2020.
  2. 17 such issues will be published twice a month this year.
  3. All issues will be published in artistic Marathi language.
  4. Name, full address, e-mail id and mobile phone number must be given while registering the name.

Subscription Fee

The Annual fee for institutions is INR 10,000/- only, it is mandatory to give the names of all the students. We will provide the user name and password to the specific institute. Students can read issues using login credentials.
for individual student subscription charges are INR  200/- per year.

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Issue 12 l December 2020
Bengal florican
(Houbaropsis bengalensis ) 
The Bengal florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis), also called Bengal bustard, is a Bustard Species native to the Indian Subcontinents, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List because fewer than 1,000 individuals were estimated to be alive as of 2017. It is the only member of the genus Houbaropsis.
Adult Bengal florican range from 66–68 cm (26–27 in) in length and stand around 55 cm (22 in) tall. The male has black plumage from the head and neck to under parts. Females are larger than the males and have a buff-brown colour similar to the males' back, with a dark brown crown and narrow dark streaks down the side of the neck. Adult females weigh around 1.7–1.9 kg (3.7–4.2 lb) against a weight of 1.2–1.5 kg (2.6–3.3 lb) in males.........Read More
“Go vegetarian for a day. With animal agriculture (factory farming) being one of the leading causes of climate change, going vegetarian for just ONE day a week can make a huge difference. As a result, we will save gallons of water”
Issue 10 l October 2020
“All power is within you; you can do anything and everything.” – Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vivekananda always believed that youth have a great potential bring upon a change in the world. Now it’s time to use our potential in productive ways for the safeguarding the future of the planet. Nowadays we come across terms like Climate change or crisis, global warming, degradation ecosystem and many more. These are not just terms but a reality, we and our whole planet is facing.
So the time has arrived for youth to come forward and take up the responsibility to tackle these problems, not just for us but for the coming generations of every species in the world. We now need to ‘Unite’ ourselves to fight these problems that are standing at our doors. We are running short of time but our collective efforts will be a ray of hope in saving our planet.
Sustainability is an important tool for addressing this problem. The sustainable ways are needed to be involved in our day-to-day lives for overcoming this ocean of problems. Now if we look upon our country, everyone is aware of the problems that are faced by our country. As a young citizen, we need to be aware of the situations in the country and act according to it. The sense of responsibility should be there in every citizen, then only we can bring upon sustainable development in the country.
Sustainable development is a holistic approach, similarly to bring sustainable development holistic collaboration is needed. Today we all have various knowledge and expertise about different fields, but we are divided among ourselves. We need to keep those differences aside and unite for the progress of the country. Development is very important for the country but with that environment is also equally important. So just opposing the development for sake of the environment as well as doing haphazard development both are not appropriate, such things will not bring upon any change, rather will deteriorate the efforts taken by others. So now it’s our responsibility to provide solutions to such problems and bring upon the balance between the four important pillars of sustainable development that are Environmental, Economic, Social and Governance. A balance in all of these aspects will bring upon a change in the country and everyone’s collaborative efforts will make the world a better place for everyone.
So let’s decide to take up the responsibility of the planet on our shoulders, ensuring that no one is left behind.
............................Atharva Prabhune
M.Sc. Environmental Science and Technolgy,
Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune
My Relationship With TERRE (The Earth)
Janani G.   to TERRE team on APJ Abdul Kalam Fellowship 
"First of all, I would like to thank the TERRE Policy centre and the team of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam young research fellowship program for giving us this opportunity. I had kind guidance and a timely response from the team in all aspects. The interview session was so good and I learned many things from Ashok Mangotra Sir. As a whole, the interview was like an interesting and insightful session. Generally, interview will make feel nervous but I didn't feel anything like that. It was motivating as well. And also, thanks for the award, certificate and fellowship grant." 
Issue 10 l October 2020

"The way We Destroyed our Mother Nature repeatedly
 COVID-19 also Destroying us with its Repeated Waves !!!"  

Dhanraj Garad

Two poachers with 12 dead Large Whistling Teals in their possession were arrested by the Chilika Wildlife Division sleuths on Monday, signalling arrival of poachers trailing the migratory birds to the brackish water lagoon. The bird species is protected under Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. This is the season’s first case of migratory bird hunting in Chilika.............Read more

Which one of the following fluid is present in harmful automotive exhaust gases?

If you know the answer, send us at

Answer for last month's question:
B Catalytic Converter

Winner of the last month's question: 
Omkar Patil - Pune
Issue 12 l December 2020
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