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  project name ~ Conservation and Livelihood: tracking forest rights act in Bhimashankar

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


Conservation and Livelihood: tracking forest rights act in Bhimashankar






Community Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 216000


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators


Narayan Vaidyanathan


Bay Area





All-women forest protection committee at Dangejheri village in Ranpur area; they have successfully conserved forests on which their water security and livelihoods depend.





This proposal aims at a comprehensive programme of work in relation to the complex interface between wildlife/biodiversity conservation policies and programmes on the one hand, and the livelihood rights of
local communities dependent on critical wildlife/biodiversity rich habitats on the other. The current model of wildlife and biodiversity protection, has generated enormous conflicts and caused serious
violations of human rights and well-being. As a result it has also undermined the long-term base of conservation itself. This proposed programme hopes to show that there are alternatives t the current model of conservation. The proposed programme will consolidate several elements of work that Kalpavriksh has been doing for the last couple of decades, and carry them forward in a manner that aims to be more systematic and effective at the national and some local levels.

Kalpavriksha is going to investigate the Joint Forest management and study the implementation of the Forest Rights Act in the Bhimashankar Preserve.
1) Tracking the implemntation of the Forest Right Act.
2) Handling the plastic problem and workong on eco-tourism related livelihoods.
3) Developing a curricula for the local schools that tries to inculcate the knowledge of local flora and fauna.
4) Networking with the different NGOs in the area and building a platform to discuss such issues.





Will be added once project starts.





In terms of visible outcomes : training of local people and NGOs in forest rights act, hopefully greater participation in the C&L effort. Right now there is a tremendous distrust between the Forest officials and the local people, For instance, people do not allow the Bhimashankar preserve to grow (right now, the dense forest cover is only around 5 sq km), for the fear the the boundaries of the protected area will be redrawn. There is a clause in the Act for the first time, that talks about Community Forests. Hopefully, if they can actually estalish such structures, then the local people will not view it with such distrust and will participate in the efforts. Apart from this, livelihood generation, being able to handle the pilgrimage in a sustainable way. Setting up a process by which the templ authorities agree to handle the tourism in a more sustainable way...setting up trash removal and recycling facilities, equipping the temple complex with solar powered vehicles.



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