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!

The Educational team of Kalpavriksh has come out with a few story books for children, and a book in Marathi, on the Sahyadri Region of Maharashtra. To know more about the books below...please check our Publication section

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This story is set in Kachchh, Gujarat, in the West of India.  It was written in English by Ashish Kothari and has been translated into Gujarati by Rupa Majmudar and illustrated by Anusha Menon

A simple story that introduces children to the different ecosystems in Kachchh. Written by Sujatha Padmanabhan, and Shruthi Ramakrishna of Khamir, the story has been translated into Gujarati by Rekha Bhimani and illustrated by Kalyani Ganapathy.



Sahyadri book sampler A  This handbook on the Sahyadri region of Maharashtra focuses on mountain ranges of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, popularly known as the Sahyadris.This book offers information on various aspects like ecosystems, biodiversity, threats and conservation measures with specific focus on the Sahyadri region in Maharashtra. 

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 

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