The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is slated to visit Gujarat to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. He is also expected to inaugurate a solar power project on the canal of the Sardar Sarovar Project.

Many public spirited individuals, activists and organizations have written to the Secretary General, conveying their concern over this, as thousands of families of indigenous origin, farmers, fisher people etc. who are facing the threat of ouster by the Project are not being ensured justice, despite stringent laws for rehabilitation and judicial directions. 

The oustees have once again knocked the doors of the Supreme Court of India and it is urged that the UNSG and the world body will show all sensitivity to the legitimate struggles of lakhs of oustees displaced by the SSP and cascade of dams and canals on Narmada,fighting for basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, upheld by the UN. 

Please find the letter to the UN Secy. Genl. Kindly cover / report about the same in your esteemed media group and circulate widely on various online fora.

With sincere regards,

NAPM team

Kalpavriksh is collaborating in the 2nd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival, to be held on 4-8th February 2015.

The Uttarakhand Bird-watching Programme was launched in February 2012 by the Ecotourism Wing of the Uttarakhand Forest Department. Under their aegis, twenty-four bird-watching camps have been conducted during the last two years at various birding destinations in Uttarakhand. These were attended by nearly 500 forest staff, nature guides, tour operators, students and villagers, who benefitted from the bird-watching and interpretation training in these camps. The First Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival was organized at Asan Conservation Reserve from the 5th to 9th of February 2014. During this festival, several publications were brought out to raise awareness about bird-watching in the state.

The 2nd Bird Festival aims to build on the gains made during the Uttarakhand Bird-watching Programme and subsequently during the previous festival, and will help attract bird-watchers to the Kumaon region.

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SADED, Kalpavriksh and Living Farms, warmly invite you to a 2 day national conference and exhibition of ‘Uncultivated Forest Foods’ on the 12th, and 13th of December, 2014 at Aurobindo Ashram , New Delhi, focusing on “Forests as Food Producing Habitats”. This is to initiate a policy discourse around food and nutrition security and sovereignty of Adivasi and other forest dwelling communities, as well as their ethos and worldviews linked to these.

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Here are some updates on what the team at Kalpavriksh have been busy pushing for and on what's happening around 

For more information on the Forest Rights Act

Keep abreast of Letters to the PMO and MoEF

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Ri Gyancha –A biodiversity resource kit for educators in Ladakh has been re-published. This is a revised edition.  It was first published in 2010.

Copies are available at Kalpavriksh and at Snow Leopard Conservancy-India Trust, Leh.