The Dang Forests are known for its dense vegetation and experience heavy tourist footfall throughout the year. The Eco-tourism sites, developed with the intent of giving the nature lovers a chance to be close to nature, are visited by nature enthusiast and adventure lovers for trekking expeditions, nature walks as well as for picnics.
The tourists and travelers leave behind a trail of garbage including plastic bags, bottles and food items at the Eco tourism sites, infesting the forest with non-biodegradable disposables like plastic garbage and waste. Over time, most of this garbage finds way to the rivers, local streams or water bodies, endangering the life of wild and aquatic animals. The visitors also throng the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary and the Vansda National Park, situated in the Dangs and most of the tourist sites in these protected areas are located in remote locations where no systematic garbage disposal system is available, leading to accumulation of the garbage in these areas.
Over the years, NCS has been undertaking cleanliness drives at the those sites for removal of garbage from these Eco sensitive zones. It is a continuous activity and needs proper sensitization in the visiting public too for reducing this human made pollution.
Now with the support of ONGC (Hazira), Nature club Surat has undertaken periodic cleanliness drives at these sites for full year. It will go a long way in removing the garbage from these areas as well as sensitizing the public about the nuisance of leaving human footprints in the beautiful and serene Dang forests. It will also ensure that the wild and aquatic life in the forests is saved from the plastic and other garbage, thus safeguarding the already threatened biodiversity of the Forest. The following sites have been selected for clean up:
1. Eco Tourism Site – Mahal
2. Eco Tourism Site – Padamdungri
3. Eco Tourism Site – Kilad
4. Eco Tourism Site – Kewdi
5. Gira Waterfall
7. Don hill
The garbage will be segregated into biodegradable and non biodegradable. Non biodegradable waste will be transported to suitable locations for recycling.