citzreport2015This report is an outcome of the Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy (CFRLA) process, initiated in 2011. It facilitates the exchange of information and experiences related to the Community Forest Rights (CFR) provisions of the Forest Rights Act. It reinforces national level efforts for evidence-based advocacy on CFRs. The process includes organizations and individuals working at the local, regional, national and international level on understanding and facilitating CFRs.


Kalpavriksh has published new books for children. These introduce children to different creatures and their environments through stories. Some of the books are also available in different languages.  For more info on the books please check out our Publication SectionYou can also buy this pack of 5 (all books in English) for Rs. 400/- To order please write in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shero to the Rescue: Story by Ashish Kothari, Illustrations by Anusha Menon

Khari journeys through Kachch: Story by Sujatha Padmanabhan and Shruthi Ramakrishna, Illustrations by Kalyani Ganapathy

Circle of Life: Story by Tanya Majmudar, Illustrations by Sushama Durve

Ghost of the Mountains: Story by Sujatha Padmanabhan, Illustrations by Madhuvanti Anantharajan

Wildlife in a City Pond (Pratham Publication): Story by Ashish Kothari, Illustrations by Sangeetha Kadur


The Posco spat may be coming to an end

This is the 10th year of the MoU that was signed between South Korean steel giant Posco and the Odisha government for setting up a range of operations — a steel plant, captive port, and a power plant along with rail and road networks — in the state.

Back then no one anticipated that this MoU, touted as India’s largest foreign direct investment, would be where it is today. Over the years, this proposal has presented lessons on what could happen if environment laws are compromised and investment is pushed through despite local opposition.

Read more: The Posco spat may be coming to an end by Kanchi Kohli

 Kalpavriksh has published 3 new stories for children. Inviting parents and  children to spend an afternoon with the authors for book readings, games,  and more!

When: Sunday, 16 May 2015

Where: Pagdandi Books Chai Cafe, regent Plaza, Baner-Pashan Link Road, Baner, Pune

 For further details about the event contact Sujatha 8805246225.
 The books will be on sale (Rs.100/- each) along with other children's books  by Kalpavriksh.
 To order the books online, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2nduttarakhandBFSitabani participantsbyAshishKothari

The 2nd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival was successfully conducted by the Uttarakhand Forest Department at Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve from the 4th o 8th February 2015. Birdwatching at Pawalgarh, Sitabani and Kyari, was the highlight of the Bird Festival.

Seasoned birders and beginners, school children, members of the local community, forest staff from across Uttarakhand and many others showed great enthusiasm on the birding trails and everyone wholeheartedly agreed that the birdwatching was rewarding. Birdwatching was conducted at eight different forest trails, and over the four days, 800 people went birdwatching not only from Uttarakhand, but also Punjab, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Karnataka, Delhi, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and a few foreigners. The birdwatching was conducted by seasoned guides from various parts of Garhwal and Kumaon including those from rural communities.

Read more: The 2nd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival: Ten New Species Added to the Pawalgarh Checklist!