It is our pleasure to share with you that on behalf of Vikalp Sangam, four organizations namely Development Alternatives, National Coalition for Natural Farming, Kalpavriksh, and Bhoomi College will be co-hosting a series of dialogues as part of the World Localization Program 2021. The theme for these discussions will be centred around Local Green Enterprises with a focus on enabling Local Food Systems – local markets/ farmers markets’ for native/local agriculture produce stressing on dignified livelihoods, reverse migration, and natural farming. The discussions will take place virtually.

The attached poster has some more details about these discussions.In order to register for this series of dialogues, please click on In case further information is required, please contact [email protected].  

Warm Regards,

Vocal4Local – India Chapter Team

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One of the films commissioned through the Vikalp Sangam process, “Voices for Vedanthangal” was featured in an article in the Chennai City paper of The New Indian Express.

For those who may have missed the film, please click here.
(This film was part of the Duleep Mathai project where all the activities involved youth or youth-led projects).

Our children’s publication “People and Wildlife” was featured in the Ethnicity category of the Diversity Section of the book art exhibition of Parag Initiative’s Big Little Book Award. Also, 6-year old Lola from Mumbai created a beautiful art work based on our publication “The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street” in the Children’s Art Wall of the exhibition. 
The exhibition includes art by BLBA winner illustrators, budding illustrators and children. It also gives a peep into some picture books addressing diversity that many publishers have been working on for years. 

1. Child Art based on The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street:

2. People and Wildlife figures in the Ethnicity category of the Diversity Section where different categories are mentioned (like Disability, gender etc):
We are happy to share that ‘The Poop Book’ written by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm and Sujatha Padmanabhan and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan is on the shortlist for the Jarul award 2021-22.

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We are happy to share that “The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street” written by Nandita da Cunha that KV published has made it to the Parag Honor List 2021.

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Types of books
Illustrated storybooks and non-fiction books for children aged 6 to 14 years

We are looking for fiction and non-fiction books on the themes of environment, nature, wildlife (especially lesser known species) and community conservation based in India.

How to submit?
• We accept manuscripts in English.
• Please send all manuscripts by email to Sujatha Padmanabhan [email protected]
• Please do not submit previously published work.
• Please send complete manuscripts. You may send as many as you like.
• We will take up to three months to review your manuscript and get back to you. 
Extraordinary Work Of ‘Ordinary’ People, Volume 2 now in graphic version. Click here to read.

Two of Kalpavriksh children’s books ‘Khari journeys through Kachchh’ and ‘Po tricks his foe’ are now available in Tibetan!

Published by Education Council for Tibetans in Exile, Department of Education, Dharamshala

New Booklet now in Malayalam. Click here to download.
New Booklet now in Hindi. Click here to download.
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 .
Order at :
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.
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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