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A Field Guide to the Lizards and Amphibians of Western  Maharashtra by Vivek Gaur Broome and Sanjay Sondhi

This field guide has been designed for quick and easy identification of some of the common species of lizards and amphibians of Western Maharashtra. The pictorial layout, specially designed symbols and bilingual text (in English and Marathi) are meant for use by anyone with some interest in lizards and amphibians. Photographs in this are by Vivek Gour Broome, Sanjay Thakur, Sanjay Sondhi, and others, however a group of village field biologists have contributed significantly towards the field work which was conducted for the first draft of this book.

 Published by Kalpavriksh
Available for Rs 300/- (concessions for students, village representatives and grassroots level organisations are available)
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  • Access to India's Biodiversity and Sharing Its Benefits is an analytical commentary by Shalini Bhutani and Kanchi Kohli on the Access and Benefit Sharing Guidelines finalised by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) late last year. Last year, they had pushed the NBA through RTI to disclose the minutes of meetings/submissions and expert committee deliberations related to the preparation of these Guidelines which also formed a backdrop and research material for this analysis. Getting this material out had required substantial back and forth with the NBA and a detailed first appeal process.
  • Make (Money) in India, Fortunately, resistance to such dispossession and displacement is gaining ground…Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some time back suggested that one solution to climate change is to switch off street lamps on moonlit nights. Really? Encourage polluting

    industries and coal-based power plants across India, shove aside forests for expressways, and incentivise rapid growth in motorcars … and then compensate all these carbon emissions by switching off street lamps a few nights a year? Who is Mr Modi trying to fool? asks Ashish Kothari

For previous articles please check these sections:

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.