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Kalpavriksh would like to express its deep sadness at Taghi Farvar’s departure from this world, perhaps continuing his community’s ancient nomadic ways and his own love for travel into new worlds. Taghi was an old friend of Kalpavriksh’s, as part of several collaborative initiatives.  He was the chairperson of CENESTA-Iran, of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, and of the International Consortium on Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA Consortium), of which Kalpavriksh was a founding member. As a member of the Iranian Azerbaijan tribe, and co-founder of the Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes in Iran (UNINOMAD), Taghi spent the equivalent of several lifetimes promoting respect for and the territorial governance rights of indigenous peoples and other local communities. This he did both in practice (actively helping several nomadic peoples in Iran to gain recognition and rights, for instance), in policy (especially at international levels in IUCN and in the Convention on Biological Diversity, amongst others), and in (other) intellectual forums and publications. His command over more than half a dozen languages enabled him to reach out to communities and officials and academics across the world.

Beyond all this, however, Taghi was an incredibly warm, generous, humour-filled, wise, mischievous, courageous man. Several of us in Kalpavriksh will not forget his unconventionality (not only in thinking but also daily acts, such as walking barefoot into formal meetings full of stiff-collared folks, sleeping in the corridors of global meetings, and much else), his warm bear-hugs, and his love for all things Indian. He could be enormously irritating (his absentmindedness getting many folks into all kinds of tangles), but his good-naturedness always won us over.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones in Iran and elsewhere.

Po Flyer 

Po Tricks His Foe: A fun new children's story book co-published by Kalpavriksh and Eklavya.

This book about the adventures of a pangolin, is written by Sharmila Deo and illustrated by Niloufer Wadia.

Price: Rs. 75

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Poop Flyer

Announcing a new publication by Kalpavriksh - The Poop Book!

Meet jellyfish, tree shrews, lions, vultures, bees and lots of other creatures who all have their own special way of pooping - or using poop! Read about the extraordinary world of animal poop!

Order your copy now. There's a surprise gift inside!

Price Rs.100

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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.