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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

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Protected Area Update, August 2020, No. 146

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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.

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Kalpavriksh Kids’ Book Reading Session…

Critters around our home : The book is a peek into the lives of some of the creatures we see in and around our homes. 
Has anyone told you that a gecko can detach its tail? Or that some moths live only for a week or two? 

Find out about these creatures and many more… and also join us for lively chat and discussions with the author of the book Sanjay Sondhi. 
Sanjay Sondhi is a Dehradun-based naturalist and also author of numerous books and technical papers on amphibians and reptiles, birds, butterflies and moths and other Indian wildlife.

Date: 24th May Time: 11.00 AMVenue: zoomLink for the meeting
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Thursday, May 21.  Post-Everything Worlds:  A Pluriversal Webinar

Thursday, May 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. California time,

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Please join us for a plunge into the amazing array of alternative ideas, practices, and experiments from all over the world!

This webinar will include some of the folks associated with the visionary book Pluriverse:  A Post-Development Dictionary, and scholar-activists who are working on the many worlds that are coming forward even as we endure the coronavirus crisis.

It is co-sponsored by the University of California, Santa Barbara Environmental and Climate Justice Hub, the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, and the participants in the class, The World in 2050 2025:  Systemic Alternatives.


Federico Demaria is a lecturer in ecological economics and political ecology at the University of Barcelona; as well as a member of Research & Degrowth.  He is a co-author of The case for degrowth, and co-editor of Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary.

Ashish Kothari, Founder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh, taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan process, served on Greenpeace International and India Boards, helped initiate the global ICCA Consortium. Participated in people’s movements including Narmada Bachao Andolan; helps coordinate the Vikalp Sangam and Global Tapestry of Alternatives processes and Radical Ecological Democracy network. He has (co)authored or (co)edited many books, including Churning the Earth: Making of Global India (with Aseem Shrivastava) and Alternative Futures: India Unshackled (ed., with KJ Joy).

 Susan Paulson studies and teaches about gender, class, and ethnoracial systems interacting with bodies and environments. She has researched and taught in Latin America for thirty years, fifteen of those living in South America among low-income, low-impact communities. Susan currently serves as Professor at the University of Florida, and is studying changing masculinities among men who perform painful and dangerous labor in extractive industries. Her recent publications include Degrowth: culture, power and changePluriversal learning: pathways toward a world of many worlds; and From pandemic to care-full degrowth.

Alberto Acosta es Economista ecuatoriano. Profesor universitario. Fue ministro de Energía y Minas, presidente de la Asamblea Constituyente, candidato a la Presidencia de la República. Miembro del Grupo de Trabajo Alternativas al Desarrollo de la Fundación Rosa Luxemburg. Juez del Tribunal Internacional de los Derechos de la Naturaleza: Compañero de ruta de movimientos sociales.

Giorgos Kallis is an ecological economist from Greece. He is an ICREA Research Professor at ICTA – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he teaches political ecology. He is one of the principal advocates of the theory of degrowth.

 Texts for the webinar

Ashish Kothari, Arturo Escobar, Ariel Salleh, Federico Demaria, Alberto Acosta, “Can the coronavirus save the planet?” (March 26, 2020),

Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa, Federico Demaria, and Giorgos Kallis with Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance, “From pandemic toward care-full degrowth” (April 30, 2020), Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh,Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, Alberto Acosta, co-editors.  Pluriverse:  A Post-Development Dictionary (New York:  Columbia University Press, and Delhi:  Tulika Books/AuthorsUpFront, 2019),

Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa, Federico Demaria, “The case for degrowth in a time of pandemic” (May 14, 2020),

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Kalpavriksh Children Books are on the Parag- An initiative of Tata Trusts Honour List ! 

We are extending our celebrations with all of you, get the four Kalpavriksh-Parag books on discount ! 
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The Poop Book! + People and Wildlife + Critters around our Homes + Saving the Dalia Lama’s Cranes = INR 600/- now at INR 500/- !

Offer valid till 29 February 2020  

For nearly two and a half decades now the Protected Area Update (PAU)
has religiously presented a consolidated account of India’s wildlife and
protected area (PA) network. Published six times a year, it carries in a
tightly edited format, news and information of what is happening in, to
and around these national parks and sanctuaries that have been at the
core of India’s wildlife conservation strategy.
In the second of a series of edited books that synthesis this huge body
of information on geographical lines The State of Wildlife and Protected
Areas in Maharashtra – News and information from the Protected Area
Update 1996–2015 presents a consolidated historical account of
developments in the PA network in Maharashtra over two decades. While
the primary unit still remains the individual protected area, the time
line has changed from two months of one issue to 20 years that this
publication covers.
In following one news item after another about any particular PA we see
what happened month after month, year after year; what developments
recurred at what periodicity; what were the issues that were important
and what was done about them – it’s an important glimpse into the
contemporary history of a place (many places) marked on the map as a
protected area.

Edited by Pankaj Sekhsaria; Published by the Duleep
Matthai Nature Conservation Trust, Kalpavriksh and Rainfed Books;
xii+235pp; 100 line drawings; Price Rs. 400; ISBN: 9788192326931

Book can be currently bought for a 20% discount.

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