Project works on issues related to sustainable farming in one of the culturable command areas of Sardar Sarovar irrigation project. Project is working on three different aspects of the sustainable farming. (i) to undertake pilot farm experiments with farmers on different aspects of low-chemical input-based farming system (ii) to facilitate entrepreneurial development on sustainable farming related inputs and products, with special focus on women (iii) to create awareness and education program among farmers and young students on the issues related to sustainable farming system. Project is operating in six villages of Shankheshwar taluka of Patan District.
Supported by: UGVCL, Mehsana
The study aims for preparation of State of Environment Report on Coastal and Marine environment of Gujarat State. The study collected decadal information at taluka levels for a period of 2001 to 2010. The report on coastal and marine environment are examined using Pressure-State-Impact-Response (PSIR) Framework. Major focus is given on issues related to coastal resources, important habitats and protected areas, traditional and emerging rural livelihood systems, environmental pollution and management. The document is useful for State to manage its coastal and marine environment better.
Supported by: Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEE), Gandhinagar
The study attempts to document the history of two crafts and the communities who are involved in these crafts. This study looks at craft as a common link between communities and the basis for cultural mobility and cultural exchange. The significant point that one can draw from the study is the ways that craft communities respond to external stress. Study delineates the links and relationships between communities which are socially embedded. Each change and response to change is hence relational and embedded in the communities themselves. The study draws several policy concerns from this context.
Supported by: Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
Project aims to identify major gaps in existing ecological and biodiversity conservation related knowledge in seven Protected Areas (PAs) in Eastern Hilly Regions of Gujarat, through intensive literature review, consultations with local stakeholders and field surveys. Report identified gaps and suggested prioritized areas of research to fill critical gaps at both PA and entire landscape levels. This report helps State Forest Department to identify immediate research focus areas in different PAs in easter hilly tracts of the State.
Supported by: Gujarat Forest Department, Gandhinagar
Primary information about the biodiversity (including floral and faunal species) was collected through systematic sampling approaches for 19 talukas along the Gulf of Khambhat. Also, relevant secondary data like land use changes, cropping patterns, irrigation sources, livestock population etc. were collected from different sources and analysed. Key spatial and temporal patterns were recorded and presented in GIS domain. The report helps in identifying priority talukas for better environmental and biodiversity management.
The experience of civil society initiatives in the development sector in the last few decades has underlined the importance of institutional sustainability and the need for deepening the understanding of the issues when the institutions did not arise emerge, as it were, on their own but were crafted and promoted by NGOs, with unavoidable elements of dependency of the community-based organizations on the NGO. This study is on the functioning of relatively autonomous village organizations in the area of natural resource management (NRM) functioning more or less independently of the NGOs that promoted or supported these community organizations.
The seven NGO partners in this study include: Aga Khan Rural Support Program-India (AKRSP-I), Behavioural Science Centre (BSC), Development Support Centre (DSC), Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Mysore Relief & Development Agency (MYRADA), Seva Mandir and Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN). The focus of each study is on the factors favouring the sustainability of the village institutions promoted by NGOs. Study brings out many policy concerns relevant for institutional sustainability in NRM sectors.
Supported by: Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Ford Foundation, through AKRSP-I.
The study attempts to assess impacts of traditional rural livelihood practices in LRK landscape on biodiversity conservation values of Wild Ass Sanctuary. The study specifically targets three major livelihood systems i.e., capture prawn fishing, grazing based animal husbandry and salt manufacturing. Impacts are determined in terms of change in magnitude of activities, spatial shifting of activities and adoption of conservation unfriendly production system. Approach like extensive field surveys and intensive consultations with local communities were applied to understand the problem
Supported by: Gujarat Forest Department, Junagadh
The studies aim to identify potential impacts of creating two major tidal regulators in the fringe areas of Wild Ass Sanctuary on biodiversity values including the wildlife populations. Studies identified various impacts (both negative and positives) and suggested mitigatory measures as well as management system for the operation of proposed tidal regulators.
Supported by: Narmada and Water Resources and Water Supply Department, Govt. of Gujarat
Ecological assessment of coastal areas to address biodiversity conservation issues along with livelihood security of fishing communities in coastal areas of Kachchh. Provide technical support to partner NGO in enhancing coastal resource-based livelihood opportunities of fishing communities through enterprise development and capacity building of local stakeholders on coastal resource regeneration and management.
Supported by: Ford Foundation through Covenant Centre for Development, Madurai
The project is being designed at Little Rann of Kachchh landscape where Wild Ass Sanctuary (PA) and other non-PA land-uses intermingle and get addressed together under a single project that addresses local livelihood improvement issues of adjoining villages, in the context of and in order to promote biodiversity conservation. Adopting such people supporting strategy, the project aims at significantly reducing the threats to biodiversity. Preparation of ‘indicative plan’ for rural livelihood and biodiversity conservation.
Supported by: MoEF-CC, New Delhi through PEACE Institute, New Delhi
This study was an attempt to document interesting multi-cultural traditions and practices in the Kachchh District, which has long history of peaceful co-existence of a very large number of diverse cultures and faiths. Several scholars also contributed to the study. It included village-level interviews, discussions with NGOs and considerable review of literature.
Supported by: Aga Khan Foundation, New Delhi
NIF maintains the traditional knowledge and innovation database (innovator’s database) including that related with herbal medicines. The main idea of maintaining this database is to bring larger incentives to the knowledge holders by supporting and promoting the innovations. In this context, and to accrue larger benefits to knowledge holders of medicinal plants of Kachchh, this project improves the existing databases, collect Prior Informed Consent and link with NIF database. Organize stakeholder meetings and workshop for adopting best practices in traditional health practices
Supported by: National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad
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