Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS) has won the prestigious India Biodiversity Awards 2021 under the category ‘Sustainable Use of Biological Resources.’ The award was announced on the occasion of ‘International Biodiversity Day’ by the Union environment minister of in a virtual celebration.
What are Orans?
Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), 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.
For the last 17 years, KRAPAVIS has been working to revive Rajasthans 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 rivers. 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 lot of 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 pastoralist issues, which directly impact conservation.
KRAPAVIS has received numerous awards and sponsorships, as well as press attention. KRAPAVIS has initiated partnerships with different national and international agencies, academic institutions and universities, and has established linkages with several Rajasthan State Government departments.