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

Mr. K. Ramnarayan,Co-Coordinator - Kumaon, Uttarakhand Save the Rivers Campaign, has forwarded a Petition with repect to the visit by a sub committee of the FAC to assess the award of Forest Clearance for the  261 MW NTPC Rupsiyabagad Khasiyabada HEP on the Gori Ganga River, in Munsiari, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The petition highlights the facts, flaws  and lacunae about the proposed project, in addition to the points submitted on the 21st of April 2012.
Do check out the other Petitions submitted to the MoEF


parbat ko pret nepali book

Parbot Ko Pret (a Nepali translation of Ghost of the Mountains by Sujatha Padmanabhan) was published by Kalpavriksh, Himalayan Nature (a Kathmandu based NGO), and the Snow Leopard Conservancy-India Trust. The translation was done by Shri Karan Bahadur Shah. The book was released at the closing ceremony of the 17th Wildlife Week organized by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and its partner organisations. The chief guest at the function was the Honorable Secretary Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Mr Nabin Ghimire. Free for dissemination

Do check out the other books in the Publication section for Environment and Education books.