Introduction/ Legal Status:

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. It is duly a registered society under the Rajasthan Societies Registration Act 1958. Society Registration no: 34/ Alwar – 92-93, Date received: May 25, 1992. It is also registered under FCRA, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Govt. of India. FCRA no: 125420009, Date received: June 1, 1998. It is registered under 12A of Income tax exemption Act by Govt. of India; registration number is S-1075/730). The organization has received TAN under IT Act, the TAN number is JPRK03746B. It has also been registered under the 80 G under of Income tax exemption by Govt. of India; the 80 G number is Aa.Aa./ Alwar/Aa.A(Mukhya)/80-G/2013-14/3057. PAN number is AAATK1402E.

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KRAPAVIS Executive Committee

S.No. Name of the Board Member Job title Brief Description
1. Mr. Aman Singh Founder He is an ardent advocate for Orans in Rajasthan and the Founder of KRAPAVIS. He has over 30 years of experiences working on Biodiversity Conservation and communities livelihood. He is the winner of many prestigious awards such as Paul K. Feyerabend Award, Switzerland- A World of Solidarity is Possible 2016, University of OXFORD awarded the Wenner-Gren Foundation, ‘Dalmia Environment and Water Conservation Award’, ‘Ashoka fellowship’. He is also a LEAD Fellow. He has received several fellowships/sponsorships from international agencies include UNDP, UNOCHA/ WISP, Schumacher College U.K., ILC/IFAD, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) ICCA Consortium, University of California, and so on. He is Council Member with special responsibilities for South Asia for the ICCA Consortium and RAG (Research Advisory Group) Forest Department (Government of Rajasthan), also member of Core Committee Member for Scared Groves in IGRMS (National Museum of Mankind, Government of India ) including Member of National Organizing Committee, Indian Biodiversity Congress. He is also a Member to the CITES Working Group of Rural Communities. Aman holds an MSc degree, is a graduate of the University of California’s Environmental Leadership Programme, and has studied Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism at the UK’s Schumacher College.
2. Prof. R.K. Dhawan President Prof. Dhawan is Head of Department in a Government Post-Graduate College (University of Rajasthan), located at Dausa. He teaches zoology and is an expert on wild animals found in jungles like Orans. He helps KRAPAVIS in research activities. He is with KRAPAVIS since 1997.
3. Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh Vice- President He is well known veterinary expert and has a long experience in the field of livestock and pastoralism; worked as Joint Director, in Animal Husbandry Department of Rajasthan Government. Also worked as B.D.O. (Block Development Officer) in Rural Development of Panchayati Raj Department of Rajasthan Government. He is with KRAPAVIS for so many years
4. Mr. Gopal S. Rajawat Treasurer He is a water conservation expert, has over 30 years experiences, working with a world renowned organisation TBS in the field of water management.
5. Mrs. Pratibha Sisodia Director (Ex-Officio) Pratibha is the Director of Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS). During her over 24 years with the organisation, she has focused on gender issues and the development of women. She established the Mahila Mandals (women’s group), to increase their opportunities and help them to manage natural resources. The success of this led her to set up village savings and loan schemes through promotion and establishment by self-help groups. Under her leadership, KRAPAVIS has been awarded a Rajasthan government forestry department Tree Conservation Award (2008-10) . Pratibha has co-authored several pieces on conservation. She writes about the links between communities and nature, protected biogenetic diversity, ethno-social-nature relationships, and aesthetic traditions and religion. Pratibha has an MA in Sociology from Rajasthan University and studied Shamanism and the Spirit of Gaia in the UK.
6. Mr. Laxman Singh Executive Board Member He is the President and founder of a well known NGO GVNML. Laxman Singh is Winner of several national awards like Indira Gandhi National Environment Award, National Youth Award, etc in the field of environment and youth leadership.
7. Mr. Rudradutta Joshi Executive Board Member He is an agriculturalist and has a long experience in sustainable agriculture. He also runs an educational institute and has experience over 20 years in the field of education and social work.
8. Mrs. Chameli Jatav Executive Board Member She is a woman activists, mainly involved in social & gender issues. Presently, she is President of a forum of woman SHGs called “Siliserh Chhind Mahila Mandals Manch”. It is a non-formal federation of 70 SHGs (Self Help Groups of women) belongs to pastoralists communities, engaged in social reconstruction and economical development of rural poor women.
9. Dr. Sunil Dubey Executive Board Member Dr. Sunil Dubey has Ph.D. in science with research in conservation biology. He has qualified masters in Environmental Science with specialization in Environmental Biotechnology and Environmental Impact Assessment. He is member in five IUCN World Commissions - WCPA, CEC, CEM, CEESP and SSC. He is also life member of Indian Science Congress and International Society of Zoological Sciences, and member in national consortium for river conservation. He has been associated with NCSTC Network, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt of India for more than 15 years and currently member in the National Academic Committee (NAC) of National Children Science Congress; He is also associated with Dept. of Forest and Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt of Rajasthan for more than 18 years. He has more than 20 yrs experience of field studies and exploration in wild and other natural areas, 9 yrs teaching & supervision experience at Masters & graduation level and 5 yrs experience in CSO sector. He has 14 full length research papers and 4 chapters in reference books to his credit. His publications on Invasive Alien Flora of Rajasthan.

KRAPAVIS Team

The present staff team of KRAPAVIS consists of 14 full time persons - a well-knit team of different disciplines. Most of the staff members are from the rural settings, contributing invaluable local knowledge, local socio-economic concerns and policy issues. Though, in the beginning, as KRAPAVIS grew more people joined from outside: foresters, agriculture engineers, veterinarian, and environmental experts. Slowly as the fascination and curiosity of the outsiders for rural work waned, one after another they withdrew slowly and remained where they belonged: in urban settings, doing what they would do best. The gap left in the internal leadership of KRAPAVIS slowly being filled by the real stakeholders of the project: the rural people. Thus KRAPAVIS has experienced growth/ success; chief among these is the increased sense of trust between communities and KRAPAVIS which has led to more peoples becoming receptive to conservation technologies. Today, there is a cadre of over 500 rural women and youths who are associated with KRAPAVIS.

Funding Partners

Robust, sustainable organizations rely on cooperative networks. To this end, KRAPAVIS has run successful projects in partnership with different national and international agencies, like; Food and Agriculture of United Nations ("FAO"), New Delhi. Misereor/KZE Germany; Grow Trees/PANGEA Mumbai; UNDP/GEF New Delhi; Canadian High Commission New Delhi, Australian High Commission New Delhi; Koningsschool Foundation/Both Ends Netherlands; SDC/IC Switzerland; IIT New Delhi; Trees For The Future, Global Giving and WPO, USA; Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance Company Limited Gurgoan; INTACH New Delhi, IDS jaipur; DDS Hyderabad; Leaders Quest/ CORO, Mumbai; PKF Foundation Switzerland; International Land Coalition (ILC) Italy, SPWD and ERA Delhi: Sewa Mandir Udaipur; CPRCEE Chenai, Natural Justice Bangalore; EEJP New Delhi; Winrock International India (WII) New Delhi; Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust/FES Anand; TERI, New Delhi; including the Government of Rajasthan (Departments of the Forest, Livestock, and Agriculture) as well as Government of India, including but not limited to these.