The Sharavati Learning Centre, Honnavar, Uttara Kannada
Across India, interpretation centres exist in prime locations, especially in areas of high biodiversity. Managed entirely by local forest departments, these centres have been developed with the goal of providing unique opportunities to connect with and learn about local systems. We are currently working towards the development of the Sharavati Learning Centre into an interactive and dynamic sphere of learning, in co-operation with the regional forest department. Located in the Honnavar taluk of the Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, Sharavati Learning Centre will be able to impart an orientation to local ecosystems, equipping visitors with the ability to recognise and differentiate between systems, the ecological and economic importance of each, the threats that they face, and the steps required to help protect them.
We envision the learning centre to:
(1) Weave a wholesome, representative story of the local ecosystem and communities.
(2) Work with schools in and around Honnavar to encourage them to use the learning centre, its adjoining ecosystems and the activity booklets to teach key environmental concepts.