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.
Nov 6, 2015

Conservation initiatives increase adaptive capacity of indigenous pastoralists' communities

Interface with community Leaders
Interface with community Leaders

This project ‘Stop Deforestation and Restore Grazing Lands’ undertakes conservation measures include building rainwater harvesting structures, trees plantation, capacity building of indigenous pastoralists’ communities, and so on. On 3rd November 2015, a group of 15 leaders (from Leaders Quest) representing different countries visited Bera, one of the project sites, to learn about the project. During the meeting with the group, the community leaders (like Bodan Gujjar, Sitaram Gujjar, Ramkaran Gujjar- just to name a few) shared their experiences about the project. The gist of their sharing is as follows;

  • We have established Van Adhikar Samiti (Forest Rights Committee), an institution for claiming grazing rights and conservation;
  • Reviving grazing lands ‘Orans/ Devbani’; through construction and repair of talabs, water harvesting structures; setting up and maintaining a buffalo bull and nurseries for tree plantation and grass broadcasting. And, taken up plantation of a wide variety of indigenous trees to cope with the expected reduction in annual rainfall associated with climate change in this region;
  • Maintains habitats in forest and grazing areas for birds and wild animals through rituals like Cheetwal, Chugga dalan and other traditional systems;
  • Adopting new low-cost technologies, including solar paneling, which reduce demand for fuel wood and thus helping in conservation and maintain vegetation cover.
  • Thus the above conservation initiatives of KRAPAVIS’s project increase the adaptive capacity of our communities, in our village, to deal with climate change.
Learning from project community
Learning from project community

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Aug 7, 2015

Pastoralists-led Mapping for Grazing Rights

Pastoralists-led Mapping of their Forest lands
Pastoralists-led Mapping of their Forest lands

During the reporting period, a process of mapping according to the indigenous pastoral communities' knowledge has been initiated for the recognition of forests rights, particularly grazing and other rights over the forest lands. A series of workshop was organised in 10 villages. The forest on which the people depend was mapped in these village level workshops, through the process of historical mapping by the communities themselves, narrating the local names of every locality. In these workshops, brief presentation of the contextual history of the Indian Forest Rights Act 2006 highlighting the historical injustice done to these forest dwellers. Tracking the laws and policies to show that the conservation laws and policies began to recognise that without the cooperation of the local community, the forests cannot be protected. Further to discuss the multifarious dimensions of forest based livelihood systems and the relevance of community forest rights and to strengthen this process, a day long discussion held in participation of several like minded groups (IELA, KRAPAVIS, Sakti, Jungle Jameen Jan Andolan), on 22nd July 2015.

Traditional Grazing Routes in the Forest lands
Traditional Grazing Routes in the Forest lands
May 11, 2015

Pastoralists Protect Grazing Landscapes

Tribal women raising tree saplings
Tribal women raising tree saplings

During the reporting period, tribal women from the project area involved in raising saplings in a nursery so that the plantation in the upcoming monsoon can be taken up. The nursery is located at Bakhtpura village in ‘Siliserh Chhind’, a landscape in Alwar district of Rajasthan (India). The landscape is home to a large number of agro-pastoralist communities. Their main source of livelihood is animal husbandry and agriculture. The vegetative landscape consists of sparse dry land grass intermingled with thorny, desert shrub and small stands of dry, deciduous forest, on which the communities depend for fuel and grazing for their livestock. The most common tree species are being raised for fodder includes Prosopis cineraria, Acacia sp., Zizyphus and Anogeissus pendula. Both species, during the time immediately before the monsoon or in times of severe drought, provide fodder when other tree species become devoid in foliage. According to the pastoralists, the landscape provides them with indispensable vegetation to feed their livestock. Co-management and worship of the Orans by the pastoralists contributes to greater species diversity in cultivated and wild plants as well as guaranteed sustainable access to members of the community.


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