Maval region is located between Pune and Mumbai and is a major tourist attraction for citizens of both metro cities. Apart from historical and scenic natural landscape values this region has also been identified as important global hotspot for its biological diversity. Increasing tourism and urbanization pressures are leading to inevitable changes in social, cultural, economical as well as ecological changes in locality.
Sahyadri mountain ranges of this region act as water catchment for Pune and Mumbai Cities. Considering these facts Indian Herpetological Society has undertaken an environment awareness program for the villagers of Maval tehsil through Uttara’s School of Environment. The school is working for promotion of following Objectives.
• Clean, Potable and Assured Water supply
• Promotion of Clean and Renewable Energy sources
• Creative recycling of Non degradable waste for economic viability
The Uttara’s School of Environment acts as an Environment Resource Center. More than 20 schools and 10 villages are connected to this center. This center has more than 800 working models demonstrating above objectives. This school is equipped with a computer laboratory, Library having over 100 of environment related books and a classroom having audio-visual facilities. Every day a group of children or women working through Self Help Groups from attached villages are trained here.