Vision

Based on three decades of ground experience, Kalpavriksh believes that effective management of a PA is possible only if local people are allies and take part in the governance and management of the PA. It is now well established that conservation is not possible in small islands but can be best achieved through incorporating principles of conservation in large landscapes.

Overall Goal

The overall objective is to create support for conservation among the local people, making conservation work for the benefit of the local people and to eventually arrive at and facilitate a joint protected area management strategy for Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Vision

Based on three decades of ground experience, Kalpavriksh believes that effective management of a PA is possible only if local people are allies and take part in the governance and management of the PA. It is now well established that conservation is not possible in small islands but can be best achieved through incorporating principles of conservation in large landscapes. The experience in last few decades with existing conservation policies has also revealed that the socio-economic, cultural and demographic reality in India will make it impossible to practice exclusionary models of conservation. The country needs to seriously explore consideration models that incorporate a mosaic of governance and management strategies over a large landscape. This will be successful only if the government also considers a moderate macro-economic policy which gives conservation a priority. Some of the most important principles which will make a process like this successful include,  mutual trust and respect among all concerned rights holders and stake holders. Such mutual trust and respect can be generated only through regular and transparent dialogue, outcomes of which are adhered to by all concerned

Overall Goal

The overall objective is to create support for conservation among the local people, making conservation work for the benefit of the local people and to eventually arrive at and facilitate a joint protected area management strategy for Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

This goal we hope to achieve through following specific objectives:

1. Strengthening local governance & conservation systems by:

  • Community Mobilization
  • Establishment of legal Rights on Natural resources by help Implement
  • Capacity building programme for formal & informal governance structures
  • Awareness Creation (Cultural & Ecological values)
  • Eco-sensitive livelihood options

2. Strengthening conservation through

  • Conducting joint ecological studies with local experts and ecological researchers
  • Facilitating the process for development of governance and management rules and regulations for the forests under the village
  • Facilitating mutual interaction between the forest department and the local people to arrive at the best possible mechanism for effective conservation.

The overall goal is expected to be achieved through following specific actions:

  1. Creating awareness about the wildlife and ecological value of the sanctuary among the local people and children. Re-instilling a sense of pride in local knowledge and traditional association with the sacred groves which are an integral part of the sanctuary. Creating awareness about the value of the sanctuary among the political leaders and tourists coming to the area.
  2. Documenting traditional knowledge by the local people related to biodiversity, traditional natural resource management strategies and ecologically sensitive cultural practices.
  3. Facilitating the process of strengthening local governance systems and linking these structures with effective management and conservation of the surrounding forests.
  4. Capacity building programmes for formal and non formal governance structures in the villages.
  5. Create economically and ecologically sound livelihood generation activities through government programmes such as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and linking them with natural resource management related programmes and laws such as the Forest Rights Act 2006, Biological Diversity Act 2002, and watershed management schemes and so on.

Facilitating implementation of and tracking the implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006 to help people effectively use, manage and assert protection rights over their surrounding resources