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
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.
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In an insightful and scintillating lecture, linguist Ganesh Devy of the organisation Bhasha, spoke about India's language diversity, its erosion, and the need to sustain it as a basis of human survival and adaptation. The lecture was organised by the Alternatives Forum Pune and the Fergusson College, Pune.
Read about it here
At a press conference held in Delhi on 3rd February, Kalpavriksh, Greenpeace India, NAPM, and other civil society groups and individuals demanded action to stop the hasty, unscientific, and illegal clearances that Ministry of Environment and Forests is giving to industrial and development projects with serious ecological and social consequences.