India ranks amongst the world’s top 10 countries in terms of the richness and endemicity of its biological diversity, including its wildlife and agricultural or domesticated diversity. This diversity is important for itself, and for its myriad benefits to people. This is especially so for communities that are most dependent on ecosystems and plants/animals for their survival and livelihoods. But it is also crucial for urban populations who think they can do without nature, but are actually as dependent for survival on elements of biodiversity and its associated benefits such as clean water, clean air, fertile soils and stable climatic conditions.
Kalpavriksh’s activities are oriented towards:
- creating awareness about biodiversity and its importance.
- enhancing policies and practices for the conservation of biodiversity (including wildlife), and for the sustainable use of its elements.
- increasing equity in decision-making relating to biodiversity, especially to facilitate community control and rights with responsibilities.
- advocating against destructive ‘development’ projects and processes, or other activities, that threaten biodiversity.