International Biodiversity Day celebrated with communities in coastal villages of Maharashtra

                                                        
School children at Velas, Maharashtra, going for a nature walk
                                                        
Project coordinator describing the rich habitat to school children at Velas
                                                        
School children participating in a drawing competition on Velas beach
                                                        
Young girls engrossed in bringing their ideas to life on paper
                                                        
Velas Gram Panchayat members discuss measures to strengthen community participation
                                                        
Gram Panchayat members with village youth volunteers in Velas
                                                        
A typical coastal village in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra
                                                        
Village square at Anjarle village, Maharashtra
                                                        
Kingfisher along the lush mangrove habitat at Anjarle village
                                                        
A majestic Brahminy Kite perched atop an Areca palm tree at Velas
                                                        
Dense mangroves along a canal near Velas beach
                                                        
Virgin beach at Anjarle village
                                                        
Fisherman with a small catch of fish in his hand-spun net at Velas beach at dusk
                                                        
Lush orchards with Jackfruit, Mango and Banana trees, and Areca Palms at Velas village
                                                        
Mr. N. Vasudevan, Chief Conservator-Forests, Government of Maharashtra appreciating GIZ's support