Acknowledging the fact that the youth today is increasingly at risk of getting detached from nature, NESFAS organises biodiversity walks for schools and colleges in nearby forests. The knowledge holders of the communities guide these walks and introduce their group to the various edible and medicinal plants. They pass on their knowledge of wild edibles and herbs and their uses. Through these walks at least 100 wild plants were documented and catalogued. The activity has been recognised as a successful tool for practical education and is to be connected to local knowledge bank systems.
What happens in a biodiversity walk:
- Mobilization: Under this process, it involves a number of activity that a facilitator needs to keep in mind. Some of them include:
- Initial meeting with the community to explain the rationale of organizing a biodiversity
- Selection of a target group, location and a guide (local knowledge holder)
- Group Division: The process of dividing the group during ABD walk, is to save time and trying to finish off the ABD walk within the set time frame. Grouping system helps to get access more knowledge about biodiversity.
- Collection of Species/Plants with a proper labeling: During this process, it also allows the students to keep in their minds those the plants that can be grown within the school garden.
- Identification &Classification of Species/ Plants: ABD walks enable the X, Y, Z to identify the particular species / plants through placing or classifying certain edible and medicinal plants on the table / floor and naming them accordingly. By displaying the plants practically students and youth are able to build-up knowledge from the knowledge holder about its benefits.
- Recording: Usually recording is a key point to maintain and recover the extinct plants through documentation. Recording is useful for future reference.
- Celebration: Biodiversity walk doesn’t only allow the inter-generational knowledge sharing it also brings the nutritional diversity into a single platform e “PLATE”