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Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan

'Orans' Conserving Bio-diversity and Protecting Livelihoods of Rural Pastoralist Communities in Rajasthan

Introduction

Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), which literally means "organization for the development of ecology and agriculture/livestock", works with a clear mission: the betterment of ecological, agricultural and livestock practices with a view to ensuring sustainable livelihoods for rural pastoral communities in Rajasthan. KRAPAVIS is a duly registered organization (Registration no: 34/ Alwar - 92-93, date received: May 25, 1992) under the Rajasthan Societies Registration Act 1958; it is also registered under FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act), Ministry of Home Affairs Govt. of India (FCRA no: 125420009, date received: June 1, 1998). Further KRAPAVIS has been registered for income tax exemption (under 12 A of IT Act) by Govt. of India.

For the last 17 years, KRAPAVIS has been working to revive Rajasthan's orans (sacred village forests), both physically and conceptually. [Orans are local micro bio-diversity reserves harboring the shrine of a local goddess or deity, most of which contain sources of water, either small springs or rivulets or a variety of ponds and nadis.] It has so far succeeded in conserving biodiversity and protecting rural livelihoods in over 100 villages. This has been achieved through bio-diversity reconstruction, stakeholder/community engagement and institution building. KRAPAVIS has empowered local communities in order to expand their administrative and managerial abilities. The organisation has a long experience of protecting trees, conserving water, raising saplings in nurseries and planting these in orans and other community conserved areas. As well as oran restoration, KRAPAVIS is working on agriculture and pastoralism issues, which directly impact on conservation.

The success rate to publicity trend has seen KRAPAVIS receive numerous awards and sponsorships, as well as press attention. KRAPAVIS has initiated partnership with different national and international agencies and networking with NGOs and academic institutions and universities as well as established linkages with several Rajasthan State Government departments.