Kalpavriksh is a non-profit organisation working on environmental and social issues. The group began in 1979 with a campaign led by students to save Delhi?s Ridge Forest. Kalpavriksh works on local, national and global levels, and is based in Delhi and Pune. Kalpavriksh believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed.
Kalpavriksh?s focus areas are: environment and development; conservation and communities; biodiversity issues; ecosensitive alternatives. Within these broad areas, Kalpavriksh?s activities include: research; education; networking; campaigns; policy analysis.
1. Forest Fires and the Ban on NTFP Collection in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Sanctuary, Karnataka: This report is based on an investigation carried out by Kalpavriksh, in May 2007, into the incidents of forest fires inside the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Sanctuary (BRT WLS) in Karnataka, and their context, in particular the ban on forest produce collection and its impacts.
2. Conservation and People?s Livelihood Rights in India: This study is an attempt towards understanding the impact of some of India?s conservation policies on the livelihoods of communities living within areas protected for wildlife.