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.
Aug 27, 2012

Developing Oran as Agroforestry Potential

Agroforestry plants raising at KRAPAVIS
Agroforestry plants raising at KRAPAVIS

The project introduces agro-forestry and soil fertility improvement techniques in adjoining of Bherunathji Oran in Bakhtpura village Rajasthan, India. Also, utilizes traditional water harvesting techniques in conjunction with the modern specific structures, which is to rehabilitate or recreate water storage structure, thereby to provide optional solutions to water dispersion in degraded land. Rain water harvesting units through ditches and trenching are being created for enhancing natural regeneration. Along with this to practice agro forestry in and around the Oran, special selected plants varieties are planted. The resources latter shall be consumed by the community. Thus, it will help to reduce the pressure on the Oran. KRAPAVIS, the project implementing organization, simultaneously support the agro-pastoralist communities with relevant knowledge and skills, giving special emphasis to women and youth on biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource management, which needed to continue the preservation of the Oran to ensure the sustainability. The Oran has environmental, socioeconomic and spiritual significance as Andhram Gujjar, a 70 year old agro-pastoralist from Bakhtpura village explains “Bherunathji to Hamara Jeevan Kendra Hai Jhan Paryavaran, Samaj Aur Dharma Sab Kuch Eak Sath Hai”. What conservationists, donors and other people think about this vital initiative?  

Andhram Gujjar, 70 year old agro-pastoralist
Andhram Gujjar, 70 year old agro-pastoralist
May 25, 2012

Oxford Scientist visits Orans

The Scientists team at Dehlawas oran
The Scientists team at Dehlawas oran

April 3-4, 2012, an Oxford scientist Dr Shonil Bhagwat accompanied by a TERI scientist Dr. Yogesh Gokhale and Aman Singh of KRAPAVIS visited Orans, the sacred groves in Rajasthan India.  They visited half a dozen orans which are being restored under this project. The scientists’ team gathered information in face-to face meetings with local communities, carried out field visits and provided their feed back/ suggestions on-the-spot.  Also, they suggested that along with restoration work, KRAPAVIS should take up scientific documentation of sacred groves around Sariska Tiger Reserve, in order to better understanding links in biodiversity conservation and sustaining livelihoods. The team is now in the process of developing a concept paper.

Jan 24, 2012

Documentation of 'Orans'

Documenting Orans_KRAPAVIS staff among community
Documenting Orans_KRAPAVIS staff among community

During the last three months, KRAPAVIS has documented 50 Orans in Jaipur District of Rajasthan (India). ‘Orans’ serve as a strong, shared and naturalised icon of village life.  As a communal and sanctified space, they are frequently utilized as forums for local affairs.  Matters pertaining to village politics, crops and livestock a well as the Oran itself may be discussed there, and punishments for offences relating to the Oran (e.g. encroachment, destructive extraction, and the like) are often enacted around the temple or shrine.  In the process of documentation, KRAPAVIS collected the basic information about the Orans through structured survey format; recorded GPS positions of each study Oran; took photographs of each surveyed site and drawn maps of each site, showing the location and important features on the boundary and within the site; recorded any encroachments, diversions, and allotments found through visual estimate or discussions with the local guide and communities; check vegetation status and state of grazing by visual estimate.

This process has had benefited the community, in the following manner;

  • Community led documentation- their observation; opinion, semi-structured interviews; oral histories were sought on the issue, not only in meeting but discussing on-the-site, in their homes, probing and triangulation.
  • Through this process they (community) become more informed on the vital issues of Orans.
'Orans' serve strong, shared icon of village life
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