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 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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Feb 18, 2015

Community Actions' Mitigates Climate Change

Community members planting trees on grazing lands
Community members planting trees on grazing lands

Rajasthan, the project area, is the driest state in India. In the west of the state lies the Thar Desert, the most densely populated desert region on Earth. The occurrence of drought in this region is frequent but highly unpredictable, and consequently the conservation of water resources and reliable grazing lands is of the utmost importance. In recent years, population increase and the shift towards modern agricultural techniques, have led to the increased vulnerability of rural communities. Moreover, in a region as susceptible to drought as this, the climatic irregularities brought about by climate change have been felt acutely. Recognizing this, the project 'stop deforestation and restore grazing lands' has sought.

The project increases the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities, through interventions e.g. rehabilitating water harvesting structures, installing conservation devices and protecting trees, raising saplings in nurseries & transplantation including grass growing on the Orans or grazing lands, in the 10 project villages. In order to share and replicate the communities’ experiences, a workshop was organized, on 17th January 2015. As many as 40 people, including project community leaders, representatives of universities, government, research, academic institutions and NGOs were participated. As a result, this workshop has contributed to a growing body of information about community-level concerns, observations and experiences relating to climate change impacts and adaptation. Also, it strengthened the link between knowledge centres, universities, research and academic institutions and NGOs and communities in such a way that all can benefit on the issue of climate change and adoption.

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communities' experience sharing on climate change

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