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A set of 8 delightful children’s books written by well know environmentalists for kids to learn about Nature and her magic! Books come in a hand made cotton drawstring bag with a Rangoli print on it .
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Global Tapestry of Alternatives and Global Dialogue for Systemic Change present:

Dialogue on Alternatives in the Time of Global Crises – a Webinar series

Dialogue 13: Self-determination & coping with COVID19 in indigenous Lomerio, Boliviawith Elmar Masay and Maria Chore, Monkoxi leaders, Bolivia
Friday 23th October – 1:30 PM (UTC/GMT) 7pm IST

Monkoxi leaders from the Indigenous territory of Lomerio, Bolivia, will share experiences dealing with COVID-19. Though the pandemic led to 20 people dying, the Monkoxi were able to control further spread by blocking access in and out of their territories, coordinating with partners the delivery of biomedical equipment, and (esp. important) reviving traditional medicine and community care values and relations. Participatory indigenous research in collaboration with Nur University (Bolivia) and University of East Anglia (UK) is helping systematize this learning, for possible similar out-breaks in future, and to share with other indigenous nations. This builds on several years of process to claim self-determination rights to the territory.
 Information and registrationDirect access to the session 

About the presenters Elmar Masay Soquere
Elmar Masay Soquere is Chief of the Monkoxi Indigenous Nation of Lomerio, Bolivia, located in the Chiquitano Dry Forest, the last best conserved dry tropical forest in the world. The Monkoxi were the first indigenous nation in Bolivia to self-proclaim themselves autonomous and the first case of forest certification in the country through the Forest Stewardship Council. They are about to become one of the first lowland Indigenous peoples to be recognized as autonomous under the country’s recent autonomy law and 2009 Constitution. From 2000 to 2001 Masay worked as a computer specialist for the Indigenous Center for the Original Peoples of Lomerio (CICOL). Between 2002 and 2009 he served as a technical advisor on the Indigenous Territorial Management Committee in the Native Communal Territory of Monteverde, focusing on sustainable development and natural resource management with the goal of gaining legal autonomy with a territorial base for 128 communities. He also participated in the Indigenous marches for sovereignty and Indigenous rights as well as to advocate for a Constituent Assembly to draft the 2009 Constitution. From 2010 to 2012 Masay provided technical support for the Lomerio Native Communal Territory in the process and legal claim for Indigenous Autonomy on behalf of the 29 communities located in the territory. Between 2013 and 2017 he was elected as chief of economy and production in CICOL. Subsequently, the communities decided to elect him as General Chief of CICOL, which is the maximum authority within the Monkoxi Nation in Lomerio territory.

Maria Chore
Maria Chore is a woman indigenous leader from Lomerio. As Chief of Autonomy in CICOL, she has played a central role mobilizing and foreseeing the claim for political autonomy before the Bolivian State. She has also been chief of Gender issues in CICOL and has worked as indigenous researcher in various projects related to the reconstruction of the Monkox indigenous identity. Our past webinar sessions videos are available in this link.
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On the occasion of #WildlifeWeek the #EJAtlasteam and Kalpavriksh are launching an interactive map on Conservation Conflicts in India, which reveals the impacts of this fortress-like conservation model in India. This new map documents the violations of Wildlife laws in Protected Areas and shows the struggles of local and Indigenous communities opposing policies that exclude them from the current management of natural resources. The map reveals lack of regard for the self-determination of the communities by the government authorities.#ConflictsPAIndia

https://ejatlas.org/featured/conflictprotectedareaindia

Dear All, 
As part of the webinar series on Community Conserved Areas organised by the ICCA South Asia Regional Coordination Committee, the next webinar will be on the Monpa communities in Arunachal Pradesh, India on 6th October at 5pm

To register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kt65RLgzQkWPXd4iTDxPdA
To view on Youtube live: https://www.youtube.com/c/iccaconsortium/live

About the CCA

The Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is located within the Himalayas Biodiversity Hotspot. Large parts of the state’s forested area (>60% accounting 3.1 million ha) are under traditional ownership of tribal communities. These forests are managed by clans, traditional village institutions and individuals. Within the West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, the area under community custodianship is even higher. In these two districts, more than 80% of forests are de-facto under the jurisdiction of  the local communities and administered by their customary laws.

The biological richness of the forests of Arunachal Pradesh are amongst the highest in the Himalayan region. The Western Arunachal Landscape, is endowed with luxuriant forests and a great diversity of plant and animal species, many of which are endemic to the Eastern Himalayas. The region is also a critical habitat for several species on the IUCN Red List such as the snow leopard, red panda, Asiatic black-bear, clouded leopard, golden cat, serow, and black-necked crane. Most of these threatened species are facing threats from habitat degradation and fragmentation, emerging developmental projects, hunting and other anthropogenic pressures. 

Approximately 0.18 million people (with ~80% rural population) depend on natural resources in Arunachal Pradesh. Mostly, a traditional agro-pastoral system is followed using available natural resources. The community manages oak (Quercusgriffithii) forests around their farmland to collect fallen leaves for the purpose of mulching, and also practice mixed cropping with a combination of legumes that helps maintain soil fertility. However, the traditional dependency and relationship between the local communities and natural resources is eroding; threatened by an increase in commercial demand and a breakdown of traditional institutional mechanisms. The forests of Arunachal Pradesh face several other threats i.e. forest fires, clearing of forests for commercial agriculture, monoculture plantations, linear infrastructure and mega-hydropower development.

To address some of these challenges, the local Monpa communities of the region have mobilized themselves around the Community Conserved Area (CCA) model. The work to establish CCA in the forest areas under their jurisdiction was initiated nearly a decade and half ago and currently there are nine CCAs covering around 1500 sq. km of forest. It all began in Thembang village in West Kameng district when the local community setting up the Thembang Bapu CCA on 30 km2 of forests under their custodianship. Later, this was expanded to cover 635 km2 encompassing dense forests with snow-capped mountains and high-altitude lakes that provide a secure habitat for threatened species including the red panda and snow leopard. In order to complement and strengthen the forest conservation initiative, community-based tourism (CBT) was introduced in 2009. The CCA Management Committee in Thembang has greatly matured and operates independently.  The Community Based Organization was also with a little support from WWF India able to manage and implement a project from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India on marketing their crop produce.  Community leaders and local team members from WWF-India will share insights and learning from the initial processes of CCA establishment and the journey so far.  

Speakers:

Jam Tsering, Zilla Parishad Member & Secretary, Thembang Bapu Community Conserved Area. 

Pema Wange Sr. Project Officer, WWF-India & Member, Thembang Bapu Community Conserved Area. 

Lham Tsering Field Officer, WWF-India & Member, PangchenLakhar Community Conserved Area. 

Kamal Medhi Landscape Coordinator, WAL, WWF-India.  

Pijush K Dutta Lead, Community Engagement, WWF-India

To view the previous webinars:

1. Fishing Communities of Loktak Lake, Manipur by Salam Rajesh

2. Wetland Conservation in Vidharba, Maharashtra by Manish Rajankar(BNVSAM) and Shalu Kolhe

3. Van Panchayats in Uttarakhand by Malika Virdi, Rekha Rautela and Beena Nitwal

For any query or to sign up to the CCA South Asia elist, please write to [email protected] 

Regards

ICCA South Regional Coordination Committee

Dear all,

Please see attached a poster announcing our second online event for children around one of the books that we recently published: The Miracle on Sunderbaag by Nandita da Cunha and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan.
This event is being organised in collaboration with Story Station and Katha Mehfil on October 4th at 4 pm.


Please do pass this around to children who may be interested in joining. Here is the zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81101735979

Thanks!

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About the Talk

Village Forest Commons are a long-standing institution in Uttarakhand that pre-dates the current format of the Van Panchayats yielded by the colonial British after their regional appropriation of all lands. Like true commons, these forest and rangeland commons have been protected and used by village communities primarily to meet their subsistence needs of fuelwood, fodder and small timber as also providing the critical nutrient cycling of compost that makes hill agriculture possible at all. Though currently facing a slew of incremental measures to control and commercialize these forests they remain, wherever communities are still dependent on agriculture and pastoralism, their live support base. In such area, especially at higher altitudes village forests and rangelands are extensive, constituting over 60% of the landscape in the Gori river basin. One village forest, for instance, covers about 860 sq km, larger than the largest protected area in the state. Not surprisingly, such areas harbour wildlife and biological diversity comparable to Protected Areas in the same geographical zones.

Join us as the speakers discuss the persisting relevance of Van Panchayat in the face of the larger dismantling of Commons worldwide, the continued dependence of poorer households for their livelihoods, rapidly dwindling biological diversity everywhere and the critical the need for forests and wild spaces in the cultural and economic context.

Malika Virdi is her second term as Sarpanch, the elected head of the Sarmoli- Jainti Van Panchayat.

Rekha Rautela is a panch (elected representative) of Sarmoli Van Panchayat

Beena Nitwal is a panch (elected representative) of Sankhdhura Van Panchayat

To join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82247993867 

View the previous webinars:

For any query or to sign up to the CCA South Asia e-list, please write to [email protected] 

New Children’s Books are here!!!

To know the details please see the brochure attached.

To place your order, write to [email protected] or visit kalpavriksh.org/our-store

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Learning to reconnect with nature & people

Marudam Farm-School, Tiruvannamalai, TN

How can we integrate local (farmer, artisan) knowledge systems and their practitioners in learning & education? 

How can communities become more resilient by contextualising education to land, nature, culture and history? 

Why is spending time in nature important? 

Why does education need to engage the whole body through crafts, movement and music?

Join us for an interactive session withAkila, Arun, Arunachala, Harish, Madhavan, Pachaiappan, Paripoornam, Poornima, Uma 

June 20, 2020     

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm IST

Zoom ID 84114117338 

(pl. excuse mistakes on the poster; it should be Marudam, and 3.30 pm, not am!).

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Thicket Tales organises An Animated Storytelling session on the book ‘Shero, to the rescue’ written by Ashish Kothari and illustrated by Anusha Menon.

Do join in on 31st May, 11am on Zoom.

For details see the poster.

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