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Welcome to KRAPAVIS

Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), which literally means 'organization for the development of ecology and agriculture-livestock'.It was established in 1992, and works with a clear mission: "the betterment of ecological, agricultural as well as livestock practices" with a view to ensuring sustainable livelihoods for rural & pastoral communities.

Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), an organization of local people, has been working over two decades to revive 'Orans', both physically and conceptually, in the World's Oldest Aravali Mountain Range and in the Great Indian Desert of Rajasthan, India. 'Orans' are community conserved Areas (ICCAs) that act as a store of biodiversity, enable effective water management and serve as a community based regeneration system. There are about 25000 orans in Rajasthan that cover more than 600,000 hectares and provide a much-needed lifeline and safeguard to their respective communities. KRAPAVIS operates at three distinct levels: by preserving and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystems in the orans through various safeguarding techniques such as tree and grass planting, soil restoration and water conservation; by lobbying for oran protection with government and collaborating with various agencies; by engaging the communities through participatory stakeholder training and guidance, with an emphasis on women empowerment. In brief, KRAPAVIS has accomplished the following:

1).Succeeded in conserving biodiversity and protecting rural tribal’s livelihoods in over 125 villages, resulting in land development which serves as a replicable model of biodiversity conservation managed by local communities. .

2) Also, enhances the capacity of community members, especially women, to manage and maintain Orans including identifying key motivators from the village and providing them opportunities to offer their services as trainers, consultants or advisors for Oran management in other areas. To this end, KRAPAVIS currently has a cadre of around 500 women and youths to disseminate information and training related to oran revival.

3) One of its most important accomplishments can be seen in the recently published Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010, which includes the local population in the management of orans. Considering that “Orans are islands of good forests and repositories of rich biodiversity. These orans are excellent examples of people’s religious faith linked with conservation”. This recognition has instilled a lot of confidence in the community and in our own organization to continue with a community led development process.

Thus KRAPAVIS’s work to protect and revive orans and re-engage the community in their management has made a tangible difference to awareness of biodiversity, instilled respect for the land and its multiple uses, and has improved hundreds of local eco-systems across one of India’s most water-challenged state. Thus the work serves as a model for stakeholder engagement at multiple levels to realise tangible improvements in the livelihoods of local communities and that enable future generations to continue their productive stewardship of the land.

1. Work for the development of ecology and agriculture including livestock.

2. Study the socio-economic and cultural aspects amongst the rural communities.

3. Encourage science and technology amongst rural communities work for the conservation of wild life.

Focus Areas :

1. Orans (ICCA) & Biodiversity Conservation.

2. Pastoralism & Livestock Development.

3. Agriculture & Ecological Sustainability.

4. Livelihoods & Women-in-Development.

5. Rural Development & Vocational Skills Building.