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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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.



Fr. Thomas Kocherry, one of India's most active defenders of the rights of artisanal fisherfolk and the conservation of the coasts and seas, passed away on 3rd May. Tom was a long-time leader in the National Fishworkers' Forum, and active in many other peoples' movements on environment and social justice at national and international levels. Kalpavriksh expresses its deep shock, and condolences to Tom's family and friends.


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Sunil Bhai jpg 1856157eKalpavriksh members are shocked to hear of the passing away of Sunilbhai of the Samajwadi Jan Parishad in Madhya Pradesh on the night of April 21 2014, and would like to express deep condolences to his family and friends. Sunilbhai worked selflessly for community rights, and was an innovative activist who forged institutions like the Tawa fishers cooperative and others. Kalpavriksh and Sunilbhai were in touch for a few years on the issue of the rights of people affected by protected areas like Satpura Tiger Reserve.

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