RAPAVIS 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.
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 500 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.