Jan Duclos – The Ecologist
Creating the experience with nature at Anasuya
Jan has been with the UNESCO for over 2 decades and planted millions of trees around the world. A Botanist by profession and creator of many botanical gardens in South East Asia. His love for India made him create a beautiful 9 acre botanical garden made all by himself iin Hampi over a period of 15 years. He is one of the known persons around the world for his knowledge of trees.
His vision of blending the space at Anasuya into the existing ecology of birds nesting along the stream on the Southern side by creating many water bodies and planting over a 1000 native trees has made Anasuya Eco-Habitat what it is today!
Resistivity survey was conducted for 15 locations at various points and 3 potential points were identified for construction of wells (PW1, PW2 and PW3). The recommended order of preference is PW1, PW2 and PW3 based on variables like 1.Water yield, 2. Depth, 3. Water quality, 4. Presence of Paleo channels. The satellite imagery was used to identify the presence of Paleochannels in the proposed well locations.
The resident birds seen here include little cormorant, spot-billed pelican, little grebe, common kingfisher, pied kingfisher, white-breasted kingfisher, little green or striated heron, pond heron and red-wattled lapwing. Some of the winter migrants seen here are greater flamingo, Kentish plover, lesser sand plover, Pacific golden plover, grey plover, Common sandpiper, curlew sandpiper, Eurasian curlew, osprey, little stint, Temminck’s stint, black-tailed godwit, redshank, greenshank, common tern, little tern, whiskered tern, gull-billed tern, Caspian tern, brown-headed gull, Pallas’s gull, slender-billed gull, painted stork, open bill stork and grey heron. Thousands of Eurasian wigeon, northern pintail, and northern Shoveller also use the backwaters.
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