Pastoralists re-establish traditional ecosystems and customary grazing rights

More than 600 Gujjar agro-pastoralist families - due for relocation from the vicinity of the Sariska Tiger Reserve Protected Area in the Alwar district - took the lead in engaging with state actors to claim their grazing and traditional water harvesting rights and preserve the Oran - a traditional ecosystem unique to the forest communities of Rajasthan. With the support of KRAPAVIS, villagers demonstrated that community management of biodiversity is a better approach to wildlife conservation than the removal and resettlement of forest-dependent communities from their habitat.  

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Author: 
Sunita Kotnala and Shivani Bhardwaj (Sathi All for Partnership)and Jan Cherlet (ILC Secretariat)
Year: 
2016