Reimagining Wellbeing: Villages opening spaces for Self-Governance

Posted on Sept. 5, 2020 in Environment and Ecology

Specially produced for Vikalp Sangam and Kalpavriksh in collaboration with Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi

Around the world indigenous people are resisting mainstream development models which have devastated local biodiversity, threatened species with extinction and changed the earth’s climate. Many communities are creating transformative alternatives to challenge such ideas of development.

Korchi taluka in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra State in India, is one such region where the local villages are moving towards social, political, economic and ecological transformation and are re-defining development and wellbeing.

This is a story of 90 gram sabhas that, supported by their federation are moving towards social, political, economic and ecological transformation and re-defining development and wellbeing. Recognition of their community right over their traditional forests was one of the important triggers for this process to unfold.

Articles written about this process from different perspectives:

  • About Role of women in the processes towards self empowerment and alternatives : WRM Bulletin 241. December 2018. World Rainforest Movement. https://wrm.org.uy/bulletins/issue-241/. Pathak Broome, N., Bajpai, S. and Shende, M., 2018. Reimagining Wellbeing: Villages in Korchi taluka in India, resisting mining and opening up spaces for self-governance.

The film and articles are part of a collaborative study between Kalpavriksh, Maha Gramsabha Korchi, and Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi (a local NGO based in Kurkheda in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra), as part of a global project, the Academic-Activist Co-generation of Knowledge on Environmental Justice or ACKnowl-EJ (www.acknowlej.org).


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Story Tags: Community forest resource management, Ecological Democracy, Forest Rights Act, Maharashtra, Medicinal Plants, biodiversity, biological diversity, comunity conservation, conservation, conservation of nature, forest, political, pollution, mining, minor forest produce, secure livelihoods, sustainability, tribal, indigenous, governance, swaraj, sustainable prosperity, adivasi, Gram sabha, Panchayati Raj, decentralisation, community conserved areas CCA, community conservation, community, rights, FRA

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