Environmentally conscious women from Sri Lanka pioneer ways to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Sathyanandam Rajeshwari (31) is an example of women from Batticaloa Sri Lanka for whom the environment is a breeding ground that needs to be taken care of and nurtured. Biogas and other renewable sources of energy provides solutions for long…
The story of a village in Gondpipri taluka of the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra whose claim to Community Forest Rights (CFR) was recognised and title given in the year 2012. The forest is used for harvesting bamboo, as grazing land for livestock and for extracting wood for fuel and farming purposes. Read More
In a hamlet at Kovilmattam, near Kotagiri, in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, a group of Kurumbar tribesmen prepare for anarduous trek to collect honey — a tradition honed into a livelihood by generations — deep inside the dense Shola forests. Read more
Water for the Kaveri and bees for pollinating coffee plantations, the ecosystem services of 1,214 sacred groves of Kodagu is immense. Even though Kodagu groves are protected forests under the Indian Forest Act, they also face pressures similar to the other forest patches in other parts of the country. Read more
Indigenous traditions around the world have been mindful of the need to care for the environment in order to ensure the continuation of life on our planet. Their cultural beliefs and practices can often be found emphasising on a way of life that premises itself on the idea of co-existence. These are of great importance…
‘URAVU’ is a thought-provoking portrayal of the contradiction that exists in the abuse of water in urban capitalist spaces at a time when its scarcity haunts poor rural households. By following a day in the life of a poor village woman working at a mall in the city, the film highlights the wastefulness of a scarce resource by the rich when the poor continue to endure great suffering.
‘VARSHA HARSHA’ tells the story of an initiative taken by the local community for the rejuvenation of a dried up lake in the Malenadu region of Karnataka.
‘FROM GARBAGE TO GOLD’ deals with the issue of organic waste and climate change, and proposes the conversion of organic waste into bio-gas as a mitigation and adaptation strategy.
‘WEAVERS OF SHORELINE’ depicts the impact of climate change on mangrove vegetation in Kerala. The film advocates rejuvenation of mangrove stretches as a climate change mitigation strategy.
This study booklet aims to provide an overview of producers’ collectives in India, which broadly falls under the cooperative movement. It will also highlight some case studies of successful collective organizations, with a variety of organizational styles and under different laws, mainly to get a taste of the diversity of rural collectives in India.