Understanding CCAs is important as it could provide solutions to a number of conservation related issues faced in the country today. However, CCAs remain invisible to society, are facing many internal and external pressures, are ignored in government conservation policies, and some are on the verge of breaking down. Recognizing and supporting these efforts, and creating an environment to facilitate their spread, has the potential to start a conservation mass movement in the country.
Kalpavriksh has been working towards this cause since the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the discourse on CCAs in India had gained momentum. In the last two decades Kalpavriksh’s work on CCAs in India has focused on research, documentation, advocacy, facilitating visibility and awareness about CCAs, facilitating dialogues on CCAs and engaging with CCAs on ground to provide any need based assistance.