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 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
Nov 6, 2011

Conserving Orans: the Bulwark of Rajasthan's pastoralists

Pastoralist uses Orans
Pastoralist uses Orans' Talabs- water source

The pastoralist communities of Rajasthan live mired in sobering destitution, subsisting in a hand-to-mouth fashion on distressingly meager resources. Yet even these few assets are perpetually under threat from Rajasthan’s arid and unpredictable climate, from its uncertain and volatile market. Such extensive challenges make life a daily struggle for the rural poor, yet they have had one support system that has helped them weather any crisis they were confronted with from times immemorial. The source of the vital assistance that enables these communities to surmount even the most extreme hardships is the sacred grove, or what is locally known as the ‘Oran’. Surviving through the ages due to their revered status that precludes unsustainable utilization, have always provided a much-needed lifeline and safeguard to their respective communities. They have done so by acting to unify people religiously, culturally and socially while providing a forum for village-level discussions, festivals and other social events; through provision of much needed sustenance for people and livestock through the ‘Talabs’ or rainwater harvesting structures, streams, wells or other water sources present in every Oran, as well as grazing pasture, which in turn enable the animals to provide dairy foods, wool, manure for use as fuel and fertilizer, and manual labor to plow the fields; valuable medicinal herbs and marketable fruits, berries, and other produce such as honey; as well as timber to be used under certain circumstances for fuel or construction materials.

KRAPAVIS, a voluntary organisation has been working in the semi-arid Aravalli hill bio-regions and arid Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India, with our field base stationed in the remote village of Bakhtpura, Alwar District, which borders the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve.  It works with rural and pastoralist communities, particularly with gujjars, to revitalize village Orans, both physically and conceptually - numerous approaches have been adopted, including training villagers, and cataloguing, reviving and campaigning for Orans; construction and repair of Oran Talabs, water harvesting structures and trenching units on the Orans’ land; setting up and maintaining a ‘Seed Bank’ and nurseries for tree plantation and grass broadcasting in Orans. During this monsoon (the reporting period), we planted about 10,000 saplings in the Orans.

Woman uses twings of
Woman uses twings of 'Japund' plants from Oran
Committee of older people, who looks after Oran
Committee of older people, who looks after Oran

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