Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS)

KRAPAVIS is a grass-roots organization concerned chiefly with the community-led revival of village forests, or orans, working in the arid of Thar Desert and semi - arid of Aravali hill bio-regions in Rajasthan. KRAPAVIS mission is clear: the betterment of ecology, agriculture and livestock practices, with a view to the sustainable livelihoods of rural pastoral communities in Rajasthan.
May 13, 2013

Seminar on Ecological Traditions of Rajasthan

Photo of the Seminar
Photo of the Seminar

A seminar to discuss the ecological traditions in Rajasthan (India) was organized jointly by the Project KRAPAVIS and CPREEC, on 20th March 2013. In the seminar, different topics like sacred groves (Orans), sacred water bodies, sacred animals, sacred rivers, sacred mountains, sacred sites/ sacred gardens etc. were covered by 10 distinguished researchers.   In Rajasthan, these age old practices are responsible for sustainable resource management by the communities. The goal of the  seminar  was to bring different organizations and individuals from the state that  are working on sacred traditions, Orans, Devbanis and to deliberate on the role these rich traditions play today and how best they could be used to communities’ advantage while safeguarding culture and biodiversity.

Ecological tradtions
Ecological tradtions
Feb 19, 2013

Create a Cadre of Community level Climate Change Leaders

Climate Leaders performs street play for children
Climate Leaders performs street play for children

KRAPAVIS (Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan) and LEAD India jointly organised a training workshop on Environmental Awareness on Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change, on 17-19 January 2013 at Alwar. In these three days, issues like environmental changes, its impact and adaptation strategies to conserve the degrading natural resources etc. were covered. In brief, the purpose of the workshop is three-fold:

  1. Increase awareness on climate change issues for conservation of biodiversity in fragile ecosystems of  Semi-Arid/ Arid of Rajasthan
  2. Create a cadre of community level climate change leaders, who will take forward the cause of environment conservation and protection by the local communities
  3. To demonstrate to the conservation leaders on how to hold mass campaigns

The workshop was also supported by the Ministry of Environment & Forest (Government of India). In the workshop particiapted as many as 38 youths (men & women both). After the training sessions the participants engaged in hands on training on using different techniques for community mobilisation and awareness generation on climate change.

Nov 19, 2012

Local participate in Global; CBD

Pastoralists
Pastoralists' leaders at CBD_COP 11

A group of six pastoralists’ leaders, from the KRAPAVIS project area, participated in the CBD-COP 11 (Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity), held in October 2012 in Hyderabad. Along with other pastoralists in India, they represented the concerns of pastoralists, and highlighted the pastoralists’ rights and the tension between conservation areas and pastoralists, by participating in different side events on grazing lands, indigenous breeds raised by pastoralists, animal biodiversity and so on. The group also made presentations in the events on CCAs (community conserved areas) like Orans or sacred groves, biodiversity and FRA (Forest Right Act) implementation in tiger reserve and other conservation areas. This local’s participation would certainly contribute (as hoped!) toward global biodiversity conservation and climate change policies!


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