In the aftermath of the brutal Kathua incident, the vulnerability of the nomadic pastoral Gujjars and Bakerwals of Jammu and Kashmir has come to the fore. Amidst increasing resource constestation fuelled due to being misrepresented as 'encroachers' on forest land and the loss of access to grazing land and migratory corridors, it is imperative to ensure that their way of life and the pastoralism that they practice is not lost in the coming years.
 
Activists, academics, researchers have together petitioned to the Chief Minister, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti to implement the Forest Rights Act in the state, reiterating support to a long-standing demand from the communities, and to ensure that forces polarising the debate are dealt with strictly.
 

We are very sad to hear of the passing away of Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh (on 9 Feb. 2018), one of India's most intrepid and persevering environmentalists. His campaign to save the East Kolkata wetlands (its ecosystems, its fisherfolk and vegetable-growing communities) from the rapacious gaze of 'developers' has become the stuff of legend. Without him, undoubtedly, many more of these incredible wetlands would have been drained out and built over. Even at an advanced age, his sharp intellect and sense of humour was intact, and his humbling humility remarkable. At a time when we most need such inspiring figures, this comes as a great loss. In 2016 he won the Luc Hoffman Award for conservation work of extraordinary significance, from the IUCN, at the World Conservation Congress.

A petition has been sent to the CM of Kerela against the use of the Myristica swamps of Elavupalam in Peringammala Panchayat of Trivandrum district in Kerala, as a site for a hospital waste disposal. The ecosystem is rare and unique and located within the vicinity of three Kani Adivasi residential areas whose rights are protected under the Forest Rights Act, 2006.

New Publication by Authors Upfront, SOPPECOM, Kalpavriksh, and Oxfam India eds. Ashish Kothari and K J Joy

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A remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors – activists, researchers, media practitioners, those who have influenced policies and those working at the grassroots. This book brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious - Alternative Futures: India Unshackled 

 

 

All efforts towards recognition of rights and co-existence within Protected Areas under Forest Rights Act are actively obstructed, resulting in routine violation of the Act. Read the Press Release :Forest Rights Act in Protected Areas of India- Report