Himalayan Ark and the Mesar Forest Fair invite you to Himal Kalasutra Bird Festival 2014
Date:11th to 18th May 2014
Venue: Sarmoli, Munsiari, Uttarakhand
in collaboration with The Community of Sarmoli & Shankhdhura, Himal Prakriti, Trust for Nature, Maati Women's Collective, Jungli School, Munsiari, and Kalpavriksh. Birdwatching, photography, weaving, stories, art....a basket of activities spread over a week, and ending in a unique Forest Festival.
Bindia Thapar, artist and illustrator, who brought alive dozens of books for children and adults with her wonderful and evocative drawings, passed away this morning, April 19 2014, after a long struggle with cancer. Bindia created the evocative illustrations used in Kalpavriksh's publication of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan final report and summary, some of them now used on our website and on our recent t-shirts. Kalpavriksh members express heartfelt condolences to Bindia's family and friends.
A series of updated articles:
Just released is the new Issue of the Protected Area Update, No. 108, April 2014 (Vol. XX No. 2). The issues are edited by Pankaj Sekhsaria. Back issues can be browsed at the Protected Area Update section. Other Outreach Newsletters, People in Conservation, can also be accessed from the Documentation Center.
The Documentation Center at Kalpavriksh brings you the updated - People in Conservation, The April-October Issue Vol 5 issue 2 (Hindi).
Do check out the recent happenings in the Environment and Development section. See what Kanchi Kohli has to say about - Iron ore from the proposed Rowghat mines in Chhattisgarh is crucial for the sustenance of the Bhilai steel plants. This, however, not only poses a grave threat to the forest ecology of the area, but is also itself vulnerable Read more here
Perspectives on Environment, Society and Well-being
17-23 June, 2014, Mulshi-Pune
Kalpavriksh is organising a week long monsoon course on 'Perspectives on environment, society and well-being'. The course will be an attempt to reflect on the Indian environmental history and contemporary perspectives including ideas and practices in conservation, development and governance. It will also discuss some of the existing alternative discourses in India which pay greater attention to social justice and environmental sustainability.
When and Where
Seven days long residential course from 17-23 June, 2014
The course is being organized by Kalpavriksh in collaboration with Mahindra College at their campus in village Khubavali, PO Paud, Taluka Mulshi, Pune 412 108.
For MORE DETAILS
Are you tired of reading and hearing only about scandals, crime, corruption, and other such bad news? Sick of the depressing daily headlines? Do you long to hear some good news?
We bring you Vikalp Sangam / Alternatives India, a website dedicated to the creative work that people across India are doing as alternatives to the current models of destructive development and self-promoting governance. The site will feature initiatives in the fields of sustainable agriculture, pastoralism and fisheries, community health and learning, decentralised governance, social justice, dignified and sustainable livelihoods, decentralised water and energy production, equitable access to social services, producer and consumer control of the market, creative media and arts in the service of sustainability and justice, and democratic conservation.
The site covers stories, case studies, perspectives, events, and resources on the above; it will also be linked to one or more discussion forums. Initiatives covered will feature on a map of India. As far as possible, contact details of those involved in these initiatives will be provided to enable people-to-people contact. Most important, the site enables anyone to contribute material on initiatives they are familiar with, or working on.
We hope you find Vikalp Sangam inspiring!
Please contribute stories, perspectives, events, resources .... and provide links to this site on your sites, send out to your networks, put into your newsletters, etc.