Alternatives in Pandemic Times: Resistance, Recovery and Re-Existence – a Webinar series
Confronting COVID 19 with dignity and strength: Resilience of small-scale fisheries in Costa Rica
with Vivienne Solis Rivera (Costa Rica) and Nalini Nayak (India)

Friday 2nd July – 3:00 PM (UTC/GMT)

This webinar will share the experience of the association between CoopeSoliDar R.L and small scale fisher communities in Costa Rica in the defense of their rights to responsible, small-scale fisheries. In particular, the experience in the context of COVID 19 and how community resilience has been a result of collective action, community-based governance models, equity, and the innovation of a fair market. These aspects have guaranteed community livelihood security in a moment of great struggle, when traditional markets and tourism collapsed.

More information and registration
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About the presenter
Vivienne Solis Rivera Is a Costa Rican biologist with a MSc. degree in Ecology from the University of Lawrence in Kansas. She has devoted her professional life to the support and recognition of the efforts of IPLC to conservation and sustainable use in the Central American region. She is the founder of CoopeSoliDar R.L.
About the moderator
Nalini Nayak is an activist, feminist and trade unionist based in Kerala, India. She has been involved with coastal communities and their issues for over three decades, associated with Protsahan Trivandrum, Mitraniketan Vagamon and the Self Employed Women’s Association. From SEWA Kerala and International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, she will moderate the session.

Happy to share the news that one of our books has been shortlisted for the Neev Book Award…The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street by Nandita da Cunha and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan (Emerging Readers Category)!

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Dear All,
We welcome you to join us in restarting the series – Vikalp Varta: Dialogues on Covid Action.
The first webinar of the series is ‘How did the Rural Communities Tackle Covid-19?’
In this webinar, we have invited Regi and Lalitha of Tribal Health Initiative, and Suresh Chhanga of Kunariya Panchayat, to share their experience of tackling the second wave of Covid-19 in Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu, and Kutch, Gujarat respectively

Date: 25th June 2021 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm IST Registration Link

This webinar will be available on Zoom and Vikalp Sangam’s Youtube Live (on the day of the event.)
If you would like to watch how they fared during the first wave of  COVID-19, please find below the webinar recording for the series of Vikalp Vartas with the Tribal health initiative and Kunariya panchayat.  

Vikalp Vārtā # 18 -Weaving together health care, food, farming, craft, education and self-governanceRegi and Lalitha from Tribal Health Initiative Madheswari, Panchayat President.Watch here:

Vikalp Vārtā #6 – Panchayat’s Response through Self-Governance and Inter-generational LearningSuresh Chhanga (Sarpanch, Kunariya village, Kachcch) along with members of village COVID-response teamWatch here:

In its 27th year of continuous publication, we are happy to present the 150th issue of the Protected Area Update, the bimonthly newsletter on wildlife and protected areas produced by Kalpavriksh.

Support the PA Update via subscriptions and donations.

For details pls write to Pankaj Sekhsaria, Editor, PA Update

Email: [email protected]

To access the 150th issue please click here.

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

Now in Marathi, to read the entire Newsletter, please click here.

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.

Please click here to read more:
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.

Please click here to read more:

Now in Marathi, to read the entire Newsletter, please click here.

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.