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“Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten" - Prophecy of the Cree Native American Tribe
In this section we will highlight some of the practices, traditions and grass root level initiatives which has enormous relevance to the conservation and protection of natural resources in India.
 

    Prakruti Nature Club

Dinesh Goswami is not a highly-educated man, but his knowledge of the natural world is unparalleled. He has spent more than a decade helping to protect marine life off the Saurashtra coast.
Goswami’s first rescue operation was about 12 nautical miles from Sutrapada. He received word of an 8.5m long whale shark trapped in a fisherman’s net and quickly rushed to the scene to cut the animal free. Over the years, Goswami has` rescued at least 25 sharks by himself and he and his team have been indirectly involved in all 75 rescue operations that have taken place off the Gujarat coast since 2004.

Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan

The Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), which literally means "organization for the development of ecology and agriculture/livestock", works with a clear mission: the improvement of ecological, agricultural and animal husbandry practices with a view to ensure sustainable livelihoods for rural and pastoral communities in Rajasthan.
For the last 17 years, KRAPAVIS has been working to revive Rajasthan's ‘Orans’ (sacred village forests), both physically and conceptually. Orans are local micro bio-diversity reserves which harbor the shrine of a local goddess or deity; the majority of these shrines contain sources of water, either small springs or rivulets or a variety of ponds and nadis. The society has so far succeeded to conserve and protect the biodiversity and rural livelihoods in over 100 villages.
The latter was achieved by reconstructing the bio-diversity, as well as engaging the stakeholder/community and building suitable institutions. KRAPAVIS has empowered local communities in order to expand their administrative and managerial abilities. The organization has many years of experience in protecting trees, conserving water, raising saplings in nurseries and planting these in ‘Orans’ and other community conserved areas.
In addition to restoring these sacred forests, KRAPAVIS is working on agricultural and pastoral issues, which directly impact conservation.

The Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee

The olive ridley sea turtle nests at several sites in the western Indian Ocean, Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Orissa is the most important breeding area for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in the Indian Ocean along the Bay of Bengal is Orissa. In 1993, biologists from the Orissa Forest Department and the Wildlife Institute of India learned that large scale nesting of olive ridley turtles was taking place near the mouth of the Rushikulya river. This area is the location of one of the largest mass nesting (arribada) sites of olive ridley sea turtles in India. 
The Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee (RSTPC) plays a pivotal role in saving the sea turtles of the Rushikulya rookery. A group of motivated village boys of Purunabandha village, Ganjam, near the Rushikulya sea turtle rookery have formed this group which has a total membership of 50, mostly from fishing communities. The RSTPC works with technical support from many sea turtle biologists including Dr. Bivash Pandav, Dr. S.K. Dutta, Mr. B.C. Choudhury and Mr. Basudev Tripathy. 

Bishnoi – Religion devoted to eco-friendliness and wildlife protection

The Bishnoi tribes of Rajasthan were the first environmentalist in the world; they started following a life to protect and conserve the environmental and wildlife in 1485, when the environmentalist saint Guru Jambheshwar made it religiously compulsory to:
 'Not cut green trees' and 'To be compassionate to all living beings.'
The Bishnoi tribes follow a total of 29 strict rules to conserve nature and wildlife, while facing the hardship of life in the Thar Desert
Year: 1730, Venue:Khejadli in Rajasthan :
This sleepy village of Jodhpur district, witnessed an event unparalleled in the history of mankind. It was an event which pioneered the Chipko (Tree Hugging) Movement of 20th century.
Not one, not two, but 363 men, women and children laid down their lives in protest against attempts by the men of Jodhpur King to cut green Khejadli (Prosopis Cinraria) trees. While this massacre was being carried out, the men, women and children kept chanting the wisdom of Guru Jambho Ji’s teaching: "Sar Santey Rookh Rahe To Bhi Sasto Jaan" (If a tree is saved even at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it).
The Sri Sri Mahavir Pakhshi Surakshya Samiti (SSMPSS)
The village of Mangalajodi is part of the Chilika Lake habitat that is home to more than 300,000 birds from across the globe.
Ten years back, the village was known for its infamous poachers. However, in 1996-1997, members of a conservation group called Wild Orissa began conducting awareness programs in the village. Wild Orissa and the Council of Professional Social Workers (CPSW) supported the group and provided them with small wooden boats to aid patrolling efforts. Furthermore, both the Chilika Development Authority and the Chilika Wildlife Department provided supplementary funds and seasonal jobs.
Their efforts bore fruit and the Sri Sri Mahavir Pakhshi Surakshya Samiti (Bird Protection Committee), driven by reformed poachers, was formed in December 2000. Today, the members of the committee survey and patrol the area daily and keep a close eye out for poachers.

 

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Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.

Nestled amidst the wooded slopes, surrounded by green meadows in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, lies Baspa Valley also known as Sangla valley.

Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Far from the maddening crowds is Caukori, an isolated small village in the Kumaon mountains offering panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks painted with magical sunrise and sunsets .

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.

One of the most scenic hill stations of India. Gulmarg offers excellent powder run skiing opportunities of international standards.

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lachen 110 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a scenic Himalayan village of migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak herders called Lachenpas. The hospitable Lachenpas greet or bid visitors farewell with the traditional 'khada' scarf. Blankets made from sheep wool or chuktuk, carved woodwork, furniture, signs, symbols and blankets are the handicrafts of Lachen. Chuktuk is the local term used for sheep wool blankets. Since a sizeable population in the area rear sheep and yak, the wool from these animals is used for r

On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj.

The beautiful small township of Pelling lies 115 km from the state capital Gangtok. Known for its grand views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, which rises to 9390m. Pelling is perched at an altitude of 2400m, and is a traveller’s delight due to its strategic location in the eastern Himalayas.

A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.

A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.

Srinagar, the exotic summer capital of Kashmir is an enigma shrouded in a veil of mystery, a fusion of beauty, culture and history that mesmerises, enthrals and still sows a seed of doubt in the mind of the departing traveller that a single visit is not enough to touch its heart.

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