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