Governance: Kalpavriksh is a non-hierarchical organization. One of the working principles that emanated from the philosophy of the group, was a democratic decision making process. All decisions are taken in group meetings and based on group consensus, where all members are encouraged to participate and voice their opinion, regardless of how old or new they may be to the organization. Consequently, arriving at a decision is often time- consuming but the process ensures transparent, participatory and democratic decision making that is valued by the group.
Meetings are held regularly. The AGBM is held once a year and is an opportunity for all members to meet. Occasionally, EGBMs, or Extra General Body Meetings are called for when policies need to be decided or special issues crop up which need discussion.
Functioning: Barring a few minor differences in Delhi and Pune, following is the general way of functioning in Kalpavriksh.The overall functions are divided into two categories:
a) Core functions, which include administration, finance, accounts, and publications.
These activities are largely handled at the Pune office. The core staff at Pune includes an office administrator, an office assistant and an office helper. Publications department is looked after by a publications in-charge while the accounts are handled by a part- time accountant. Kalpavriksh is responsible for the honoraria of the staff carrying out these core functions.
b) Projects and activities are related to the following themes:1. Environment Education and Awareness
2. Urban Environment Issues
3. Conservation and Livelihoods/ Communities
4. Environment and Development