Updates and News held at CBD COP11, Hyderabad, 8-19th. October 2012.


News Coverage: 


The Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group annouces its latest publication:  The Second Act: Centre-State Conversations on Ecologically Sensitive Areas (2009-2012) by Meenakshi Kapoor and Kanchi Kohli.  This publication is a study looking at the interactions between the Central and State Governments on the issue of notification of Ecologically Sensitive Areas around Protected Areas and in the Western Ghats.



CFR Learning and Advocacy Process (CFRLAP), involves grass root level organisations and people's networks working with communities on FRA and CFR and other support groups like legal advisors and individuals involved in research. The objective of CFRLA process is to facilitate exchange of information and experiences and reinforce national level efforts for evidence-based advocacy on CFRs.

To strengthen the CFR learning and advocacy process, an email group, cfr- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., has been created for sharing information and developments related to community forest rights. People interested in joining cfr-la group can join the forum as a member.

Check out the other Networks that Kalpavriksh hosts & co-ordinates

KVTeam 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.

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


For critiques of the Rio-related official documents:

1. Critique of the Zero draft

2. Article critical of the UN Secy-General;s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability

External Links on events and issues being discussed are provided here:

1) Rio+20 Portal: Building the Peoples' Summit

2) Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development