Kalpavriksh brings to you a series titled 'Magic Garden' published by Deccan Herald in the student edition. The series is being contributed by various people across India, all of whom work in the field of conservation. They are lucky to have had special moments in nature... an encounter with a particular species, something extraordinary about a place that they have visited, the sudden surprises that nature has sprung on them. This is what they will describe in this series.
The Documentation Center at Kalpavriksh brings you the new issue of the Newsletter- People in Conservation, June 2012. Also updated in the Advocacy section, is a short Legislation brief on Applicability of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (Also Called) The Forest Rights Act (FRA) to Protected Areas (PAs).
Starting 13th June 2012, the Rio +20 the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development begins. Kalpavriksh will be present at the meeting, mostly taking part in the parallel People's Summit, and in networks dealing with alternatives and community conservation
1) Proposing a People's Sustainability Treaty (PST) on Radical Ecological Democracy- this is part of the PST process in which civil society groups are trying to come up with alternatives, citizen-led initiatives at achieving sustainability, equity, and justice. Several events will be organised on this at Rio and will be annonced on their Events page (Peoples' Sustainability Treaties).
2. Participating in events of the ICCA Consortium: on issues of conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities
- Open Letter on Rio+20 from NGOs to the PM Manmohan Singh
- Open Letter from Kalpavriksh to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
For critiques of the Rio-related official documents:
External Links on events and issues being discussed are provided here:
Just released is the new Issue of the Protected Area Update, No. 97, June 2012 (Vol. XVIII No. 3). 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.
Kalpavriksh Members brings to its readers updated reports and articles in the area of Laws & Policies on Advocacy & Legal Interventions in Forest Rights Act; and in Conservation & Livelihoods and in the Environment and Development section
Parbot Ko Pret (a Nepali translation of Ghost of the Mountains by Sujatha Padmanabhan) was published by Kalpavriksh, Himalayan Nature (a Kathmandu based NGO), and the Snow Leopard Conservancy-India Trust. The translation was done by Shri Karan Bahadur Shah. The book was released at the closing ceremony of the 17th Wildlife Week organized by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and its partner organisations. The chief guest at the function was the Honorable Secretary Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Mr Nabin Ghimire. Free for dissemination
Do check out the other books in the Publication section for Environment and Education books.