KRAPAVIS states as its main objective “the promotion of sustainable livelihoods of rural pastoral communities through “forest (orans)-livestock-agriculture trinity”.This trinity helps in improving livelihoods of rural communities’ and mitigating climate change. In brief, KRAPAVIS operates at three distinct levels, including in its approach to the conservation of Orans:
At the community level, KRAPAVIS is engaged in several outreach initiatives to inform the pastoral communities of Rajasthan about the assistance available for the protection and restoration of Orans’ biodiversity. KRAPAVIS strongly emphasizes a people-led development process, and has stayed true to this ethos in its approach to Oran management, which requires direct involvement of the communities that would be the eventual beneficiaries of the projects. KRAPAVIS, therefore, works to engage the stakeholder communities and to instill within them a conscientious outlook towards their environment, as well as equip them with the necessary knowledge to productively channel their efforts. Another vital element of KRAPAVIS’ work is institution-building. In this context, KRAPAVIS works to promote inclusive institutions to engage the communities. KRAPAVIS also provides an opportunity for people to act for the cause of Orans, and supplies essential instruction to prepare them to become resource persons and advisors in other districts and states of India.
At the national level, KRAPAVIS promotes the plight of Orans in India’s civil society. It frequently petitions the government, and makes appeals to international actors in the name of environmental preservation and poverty alleviation.
At the grassroots level, KRAPAVIS has over 300 volunteers, who work in the villages to disseminate information, conduct training, and provide assistance on ecological issues such as biodiversity conservation, causes and effects of global warming, water management, plant nurseries, and planting and irrigation methods. Since its founding, the organization has been protecting trees and sowing grass seeds in the Orans, as well as raising saplings in nurseries and then transplanting them into Orans and other community-conserved areas. This has contributed to saving endemic and endangered species of trees, thus bringing about greater livelihood security for the rural poor, who depend on such trees for livestock feed, traditional medicine, marketable commodities and, to a lesser extent, timber. KRAPAVIS also takes into account the changing nature of pastoralism in these areas, and the recent shift towards preference of water buffalo and goats as livestock over cattle, working to ensure that the flora in the Orans is better able to meet the needs of the new livestock. Part of the work done by KRAPAVIS is focused on water conservation within the Orans and surrounding areas. This is imperative due to the serious reliance of local people on the water sources found in Orans, both for their livestock and themselves. This maintenance is realised through the use of water harvesting structures and checks for soil erosion.
This vocational training is designed for a period of 4 months for 20 women. We conducts 2 batches for 40 women (20 women in each batch), in addition, a satellite centre (in remote a village) with 10 ladies, in a year. Thus a total 50 ladies are trained every year, in the tailoring & embroidery trade, in order to create job opportunities for them and also with a view that they could contribute to the national building program at large. The training includes both in the classrooms in the training centre, and practical work. KRAPAVIS develops learning material and teaching aids which is used while imparting training. In brief, the objectives of the Vocational Trainings are:
After completion the training, KRAPAVIS provides hand holding support to trained women, in starting their own tailoring unit individually or in group. Also, explores possibilities for placement with different tailoring shops for earning their livelihood/ supplement family income. Also, helping in setting up own units etc with their own resources and also would mobilize and gain access to resources, which hitherto were out of their reach like Govt. schemes, grants, services, banks loans, subsidies etc, to help them become self reliant.
2. Para-vets’ training-
KRAPAVIS conducts one month duration residential training course (one every year); with 10 youths drawn from remote interior villages in order to develop a new cadre of Animal Health Workers (AHWs). Broadly, the following topics are covered in the AHW training:
3. Oran Conservation Training -
This initiative involves the community level training in oran management duties and education in biodiversity conservation measures. In this three day training module, the participants receive basic education in biodiversity conservation, the causes and effects of global warming, water management, nursery management, planting and irrigation methods, in brief, the following five aspects are covered:
KRAPAVIS has a well-knit team of different disciplines; of local, committed, and experienced persons, and KRAPAVIS have its own training centre at Bhurasidh in Alwar town and at Bakhtpura village (Alwar Dist) Rajasthan, with modest facilities. The Bakhtpura campus spread over 2 ha land with horticulture plantation & tree nursery activities. Also, it has two four wheeler vehicles, which are used for travelling/ field visits, trainees, trainer and other staff. In addition, KRAPAVIS has a lot of printed material (books, manuals, reports, cases studies etc). Work on water conservation, ETV, a national TV channel, made two documentary films about KRAPAVIS which were broadcast nationwide. A further documentary - "Devbani - Oran Ri Baat" ("Oran Issues") – was made by KRAPAVIS itself. This focused on how management and conservation can be utilized for sensitization purposes, concentrating on advocacy and policy change issues.