Organic Cotton - Reinventing the Wheel
Deccan Development Society and Kalpavriksh
Pp 133 only photocopy available
Much of the land once devoted to growing traditional food crops is now used to grow cotton, which is mono-cropped over extensive tracts. Traditionally, cotton is a dryland crop and has been grown in drylands of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Erratic rains, poor quality seeds, increasing pest attacks, degraded soils and indiscriminate use of pesticides has led to massive failures of cotton crops of recently-introduced hybrid varieties.
This report compiles experiences of a group of organic cotton farmers as well as a few commercial organic cotton ventures in the country. Farmers are experimenting on their own and are conscious of the need to move away from chemical farming. They use traditional methods, and believe in self-sufficiency and their own innovations. Organic cotton may give lower yields but also involves lower expenses, so net profits are high. Risks are low, agriculture is tension-free and after the initial drop in yields, there is no loss and more importantly, less chances of getting into debt. For small and marginal farmers growing organic cotton can be a huge saving and lead to a more sustainable way of life. This report compiles efforts by individuals and collectives of farmers who have set a trend worthy of emulation. It is based on extensive fieldwork in several states across India.
Small and Beautiful: Sultanpur National Park
Kalpavriksh, 1996 Pp 73, 29 illustrations, 3 maps
This publication aims to show that places like Sultanpur jheel, despite their tiny size can harbour a bewildering variety of avian and insect life which needs to be sensibly managed and treated with respect by the visiting public. This is an illustrated booklet on the habitat and avifauna of this wetland in Haryana, with an outline of management issues and comprehensive flora-fauna listing.
Pelicans and People: The Two Tier Village of Kokkare Bellur, Karnataka
K. Manu and Sara Jolly, 2000 Pp. 33, Quarto size, Colour cover, 8 colour pictures
Kokkare Bellur is a village situated in Mandya District of Karnataka, India. For generations storks and pelicans have been coming here and breeding on the trees in the village for a period of six months. The villagers consider them a good omen and harbinger of good rain, and protect the trees. The authors have spent many years in the village documenting and helping villagers establish an orphanage for the injured birds. This book deals with various historical, social, ecological and economic aspects of this unique phenomenon.
Joint Protected Area Management: A Simple Guide- How it will benefit Wildlife and People 2000, Pp. 48, Quarto size, Two-tone cover, only photocopies available
Tejaswini Apte and Ashish Kothari,
This booklet is about a collaborative system of protecting natural environments, known as Joint Protected Area Management (JPAM). JPAM attempts to conserve protected areas in as way whereby local communities, wildlife and wildlife habitats can co-exist by mutually benefiting each other, and in which government officials, local people and others work together. The booklet is organised in a simple question and answer format and will be useful for forest officials, NGOs, social activists, local community representatives, conservation researchers, academics and others who are interested in the conservation of biodiversity and livelihoods based on biodiversity.
Protected Areas in India: A Profile
2001 Pp.157, Colour cover, sixteen colour pictures,only photocopies available
Roshni Kutty and Ashish Kothari,
This book is designed as a handy reference guide that can be consulted for basic facts and figures related to Protected Areas (PA) in this country. The book contains tables with names, districts, areas and dates of notification of each PA in the country. Also included are tables on tiger and biosphere reserves. The book will be useful for forest and other Govt. officials, NGOs, conservation and wildlife researchers, academics, visitors, students, and others who are interested in India’s wildlife conservation network.