Engagement with Laws and Policies on Protected Areas

Kalpavriksh has continued to critically engage with the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and has continuously contributed to the various amendments of the Act through engagement with on- ground research. Through its advocacy, it has been instrumental in getting community conserved areas into the National Wildlife Action Plan, and into proposed amendments to the Wild Life (Protection) Act. With the enactment of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, a new paradigm for conservation governance in protected areas emerged and Kalpavriksh has been lobbying for its provisions to be implemented in letter and spirit in Protected Areas since. It has also initiated the Future of Conservation (FoC) network in 2004 within India. FoC is a network of organizations and individuals committed to effective and equitable conservation of biodiversity. It was born out of a consultation in 2006, to find a way out of vitriolic debates on conservation following the introduction of the report presented by the Tiger Task Force and the Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2005 (See report of the consultation here). FoC's objective is to foster dialogue and engagement in complex conservation issues, and help tackle the increasing threats that both biodiversity and people's livelihoods face. This includes joint action on areas of agreement, and attempts at evolving common understanding on issues where there are differences. Statement of the FOC.