We are delighted to announce new book ‘Conservation Kaleidoscope -People, Protected Areas and Wildlife in Contemporary India’

Conservation Kaleidoscope is a collection of over a 100 edits and accompanying news items that have
appeared over the last two decades in the Protected Area Update, a bimonthly newsletter on wildlife and conservation that has been published regularly by environmental action group, Kalpavriksh since 1994.

Written by the newsletter’s long time editor, Pankaj Sekhsaria, the individual edits offer an interesting and often counter-intuitive account of the state of wildlife conservation and protected area management in contemporary India. Organised over 14 broad themes in this collection, the book offers a ringside view of conservation that is as
challenging and informative as it is insightful and provocative.

Published by Kalpavriksh, Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust and Authors Upfront

Print edition available on:
Amazon India | Flipkart | AuthorsUpFront

eBook available globally on Amazon
Kindle stores

Available for a special pre-publication discounted price of Rs. 450/- For details write to [email protected]

We are delighted to announce our new book for children!

Chitty and her forest farm by Serow, a moving account of a dog’s life on a forest farm in the Western Ghats, illustrated by Rajiv Eipe.

Chitty lives a free-spirited life on a forest farm in the Western Ghats. She has hair-raising encounters with wild animals, gobbles up termites, and plays tricks on the other dogs. You’ll love her antics! But she is also wise, a loyal friend, and has an extraordinary mind and soul.

To buy the book head on to Our Store

We are delighted to announce our new book for children!

Pedru and the Big Boom by Nandita da Cunha, award winning author of The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street, illustrated by Niharika Shenoy
A quiet Goan village is invaded by a mysterious gang of ear-shattering ‘diggers’. Meet young explorer Pedru, find out why he was all set to run away from his village, and what happens when he stays back and confronts this gang.

This book is being released during the Bookaroo event!

To buy the book head on to Our Store

Protected Area Update (October 2021) about Maharashtra in Marathi language is out, to read the entire Newsletter, please click here

🌱 You are invited to the International #RightsofNatureTribunal happening in Glasgow, Scotland, UK in parallel to COP26!

The #RightsofNatureTribunal seeks to demonstrate how the Rights of Nature can be applied, putting a series of urgent, real-world cases before a panel of distinguished judges, who examine and rule on the cases from a Rights of Nature perspective.Join us in defending the #RightsofNature!

Add your voice to the popular demand for governments and courts around the world to play their part in stopping the ecological crises of our day.

🗓️ Nov 3rd & 4th

✍️Sign up to attend:


In-person in Glasgow:

We are so pleased to share that one of our books, The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street, has just won the Neev Book Award for the Emerging Reader category!

This heartwarming and inspiring story was written by Nandita Da Cunha and beautifully illustrated by Priya Kuriyan .


Buy the book here: OR write to us at [email protected]

We are so pleased to share that one of our books, The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street, has just won the Neev Book Award for the Emerging Reader category!

This heartwarming and inspiring story was written by Nandita Da Cunha and beautifully illustrated by Priya Kuriyan .


Buy the book here: OR write to us at [email protected]

Our latest book for children: A New Home For Ajiri in the Hindu Young World

The book is about a moving story from Kachchh, written beautifully by Sandip Virmani and richly illustrated by Niloufer Wadia! The story of Ajiri, a chinkara fawn in Kachchh and her unusual friendships with a young boy, a young pastoralist girl and many camels!

To read the review:

To place an order, please visit:

Alternatives in Pandemic Times: Resistance, Recovery and Re-Existence – a Webinar series

Palestine’s Beautiful Resistance: What it tells the world about building peace withinwith Abdelfattah Abusrour (Palestine)

Sunday 12th September – 13:30 (UTC/GMT): 7pm IST

Beautiful Resistance emerges from Palestine as a concept and philosophy that aims to inspire hope and promote life through performing and visual arts as non-armed ways for peaceful and creative self-expression. It helps to build peace within individuals, in turn to become peace-builders in their community and beyond.

More information and registration:

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About the presenters

Abdelfattah AbusrourAbdelfattah Abusrour is founder and director of Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society, established in 1998 in Aida refugee camp-Bethlehem. His concept and philosophy “Beautiful Resistance”, using performing and visual arts, culture and education, is a creative and peaceful expression in situations of oppression and trauma to provide possibilities to save lives and inspire hope and build peace within individuals to be peace builders in their communities and beyond. Abusrour is an author, actor, and theatre director, with a PhD in Biological and Medical Engineering from France.

Abusrour is the first Ashoka fellow-Social Entrepreneur in Palestine, and he is a Synergos – social innovator fellow. He was elected president of Palestinian Theatre League and many other organizations. He has done conferences and practical workshops in different countries using Beautiful Resistance, to empower people through building peace within themselves, and be active change-makers, and instead of waiting for miracles to happen, be able to act and provoke miracles to happen..

Yousef Habache (Moderator)Directeur Général, Comités pour le Développement et le Patrimoine (CDP).

Climate Crisis and Western Himalaya

Western Himalaya Vikalp Sangam welcomes you to a talk and discussion on ‘Climate Crisis and Western Himalaya’, which probes into the current global climate crises caused by the paradigm of destructive development and starts a dialogue on what this means for the already bioregion of Western Himalaya.  

The speaker is Mr. Soumya Dutta, co-convener of South Asian People’s Action on Climate Crisis (SAPACC), the trustee of Movement for Advancing Understanding on Sustainability And Mutuality (MAUSAM), the executive member of Friends of the Earth-India, the trustee/board member of GreenPeace-India Environment Trust, the convener of Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (BJVJ) and the founding members of India-Climate-Justice (ICJ).

Date: 8th September 2021

Time: 5:00 pm
Zoom link:

(No registration required)

Announcing our latest book for children: A New Home For Ajiri, a moving story from Kachchh, written beautifully by Sandip Virmani and richly illustrated by Niloufer Wadia! The story of Ajiri, a chinkara fawn in Kachchh and her unusual friendships with a young boy, a young pastoralist girl and many camels!

To place an order, please visit:

Protected Area Update (July 2021) about Maharashtra in Marathi, to read the entire Newsletter, please click here.

Vikalp Varta with Gram Vaani

Innovative use of Technology during the Second Wave of Covid-19!

in the new Vikalp Varta 2.0 with Rohan Katepallewar, manager at Gram Vaani and Deepak Kumar, Senior Community Manager at Gram Vaani who share how they used technology to tackle Covid-19 in India! 

Date: Friday, 6th August 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm IST
Zoom Link:

(No Registration Required)

About Gram Vaani
Gram Vaani started in 2009 is a social tech company incubated out of IIT-Delhi. They use technology to create participatory media platforms that people find accessible and adaptable. Using simple technologies and social context to design tools, they have been able to impact communities- more than 3 million lives touched through 25+ district and partner platforms covering 20+ Indian states. Their platforms have also covered 5 countries beyond India – Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Namibia, South Africa. 

Brief note on Vikalp Varta

– During the second wave of Covid Pandemic, Gram Vaani addressed a host of problems to tackle the crisis. They made efforts in 5 areas
– Addressed the stigma and fear around covid through their Interactive Voice Response (IVR) lines and teleconsultation
– Addressing the lack of awareness and covid appropriate behaviour through developing audio content in multiple languages based on technical advisories
– Facilitating emergency support such as cash, transportation, ambulances, oxygen, etc. to people requesting help on their platform especially to those who do not have social security mechanisms
– Deploying voice-based survey tools & registration systems for supporting vaccine registration, especially for those, who were unable to use smartphones or access the online vaccine registration systems themselves
Envisioning an IVR system for monitoring and triaging of patients under home-care, to escalate in time any at-risk cases.
Alternatives in Pandemic Times: Resistance, Recovery and Re-Existence – a Webinar series

Salween Peace Park, Myanmar: Strengthening Karen People’s Resistance, Resilience and Response to Conflict and Covid-19 Crises
with Saw Paul Sein Twa and Naw Wah Ku Shee

Sunday 1st August – 14:00 (UTC/GMT)
The Salween Peace Park is an initiative in Myanmar declared by Indigenous Karen people in December 2018 to bring peace, cultural harmony, self determination, and environmental integrity after 70 years of armed conflict in the region. However, the community continues to face threats from the Burmese military dictatorship. In this webinar, Saw Paul Sein Twa and Naw Wah Ku Shee talk about the experience of the Karen people working towards self determination, navigating a global pandemic, and facing a violent military offensive.

More information and registration

Direct access to the session

About the presenters
Saw Paul Sein Twa
Paul is an indigenous Karen from Burma/Myanmar, co-founder and Director of the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)— a non-profit NGO, Member of the ICCA Consortium, dedicated to livelihood security and respect for the Indigenous Karen people in Burma/ Myanmar. Paul has worked for decades to better the conditions of his people, most recently as one of the main inspirers and key supporters of the self-proclamation of the Salween Peace Park by its custodian communities. The Salween Peace Park (SPP) is an emblematic territory of life of enormous importance for both nature and culture. It protects the last dam-free main river in Asia and 5,485 km2 of globally significant biodiversity. In 2020, the Salween Peace Park was awarded the Equator Prize.
Naw Wah Ku Shee

Naw Wah Ku Shee is a prominent Karen activist working to promote human rights, democracy and peace, with a focus on women and ethnic communities especially in conflict areas of Burma/Myanmar. She is currently director at Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), the largest network of Karen community-based organisations. She is also a member of the Karen Women’s Organisation’s Steering Committee, with a membership of over 60,000, working to empower women in the struggle for peace and gender equality and for a federal democratic Burma.

Our past webinar sessions videos are available in this link.

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Virtual workshop about Rangelands and Pastoralism in Asia

Rangelands and pastoralism are essential for millions of people around the world, providing or contributing to livelihoods, food security, and cultural identity. Around half of the Earth’s land surface is rangeland. As rangelands are often among the harshest of environments, many pastoral communities have adopted a seasonal migration lifestyle in their ancestral territories in order to increase their resilience to natural challenges and simultaneously to sustain natural resources. As the late Dr Taghi Farvar regularly noted, “the migratory practices of indigenous peoples are almost always de facto nature conservation strategies”.To acknowledge the vital roles of rangelands and pastoralism for human wellbeing and nature conservation and to support and bring greater recognition to the upcoming International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) in 2026, a virtual workshop is scheduled for July 16, 2021, on Pastoral Communities’ Territories of Life in grasslands/rangelands across Eurasia.The workshop is co-hosted by the ICCA Consortium, the ICCA-GSI, GEF SGP (UNDP), and collaboration of Regional IYRP Support Groups (RISGs) for the IYRP 2026: East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, and Central Asia & Mongolia. The high-level objectives of this inaugural special event are to establish an Asia-wide Learning Network on rangelands and pastoralism, particularly in relation to local and indigenous pastoral communities’ Territories of Life, and to promote the IYRP 2026.The specific objectives of this one-day special event are the following:
To share experiences (best practices, key challenges) on rangelands and pastoral communities’ territories of life/ ICCAs from across Asia

To declare support for the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism (IYRP)
To determine key topics, format, and timing for follow-up events and other actions
To commemorate the life, work and vision of Dr M. Taghi Farvar

During this event participants will contribute toward the planning of a series of workshops in Asia to further advance the above objectives and enhance enabling environments that promote and strengthen the role of territories of life / ICCAs in the conservation of nature at various levels.Dr M. Taghi Farvar (1942-2018) was a pioneer in bringing to light the collective conservation capacities of indigenous peoples and local communities. Throughout his life, he defended their collective rights over their territories, and sought to influence relevant policies at national and international levels. An account of Dr Farvar’s life and achievements is available at

The workshop will be held on July 16, 2021 from 16:00-20:00 ULAT (check local times here).

The workshop will be held on Zoom. To register, please follow this link: deadline for the registration is 15 July 2021. 

For any queries, please write to [email protected]