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.
Oct 15, 2013

'Oran' a model to live in harmony with nature

Leaders listening to community
Leaders listening to community

On 24 September, a group of 13 leaders from different countries visited the project village ‘Bera’ in order to learn from the community who lived in the sacred forest of Sariska, and who were struggling to maintain a traditional life increasingly encroached upon by modernisation. They set about restoring natural biodiversity and implementing resource management practices, blending old philosophies with current know-how to create a sustainable community. In the village they met project team, the village elders and farmers in Bera, which lies at the bottom of rolling hills where there no concrete structures, cars, telephone services or electricity. The ‘Leaders Quest’ group learnt about the project work to boost community empowerment, education and self-sufficiency. They spent time in communities’ homes and join them in their daily tasks, milking water buffalo, herding goats and making food, then visited village Oran site. They tried to understand the following themes:

 • What does it mean to live in harmony with nature?

• What has enabled KRAPAVIS project to show this kind of lifelong leadership, and to create diverse and sustainable eco- and social systems?

• Is it better for people to live in ignorance of the outside world, with no TV and no external influences? Or is this a western fantasy?

• What lessons can they learn from our day in Bera, and how will they affect our everyday lives?


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Aug 8, 2013

Ecosystem based adapatation for agro-pastoralists

Community members planting trees at Oran
Community members planting trees at Oran

Our project “Restoring 10 sacred groves (Orans) in Rajasthan” has been working with the agro-pastoralist communities, their traditional systems and problems faced at locally and impacts of the global problems such as climate change. A number of activities are undertaken in 10 villages, such as seeking community-level observations through scientific led mix on climate change impacts on communities’ livelihoods, local efforts to cope with as well as adapt to these changes by the pastoralists’ communities, living in semi- arid and arid zones of Rajasthan. Tree plantation and water conservation demonstration are undertaken as the physical capacity building and strengthening social infrastructure measures based on the traditional systems and prevalent legal regime at local and global levels. The poverty reduction is addressed by strengthening the natural resources, and the traditional conservation practices (e.g. Oran), contribute to increase the potential area which could be declared as one of the categories of protected areas for biodiversity conservation, and help sustain the domesticated animal diversity such as breeds of buffalo and goats etc.

Community discusses climate change issues
Community discusses climate change issues

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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

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