eBook | Disseminating environment related information to improve peoples’ livelihoods: Initiative by Kalpavriksh to collectively manage a web based clearing house – Maharashtra

Several groups and individuals across India have been using the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005 to gather critical information in their arenas of work and advocacy. When it comes to environment, this effort has been towards accessing information related to environment law, policy and its implementation. RTI as a tool has also been used extensively by many groups to procure information specific to certain projects which have or are likely to have an impact on environment as well as peoples’ livelihoods. While we all have been using this information in research, campaigns and actions, there has also been a need felt that the dissemination of all that has been gathered is systematically located and made available to those with common interests in these subjects.

Kalpavriksh has initiated an effort to collectively manage RTI related environment through a web based clearing house. The idea is for all of us to be able to exchange environment related information collected through the RTI process and avoid duplication in seeking information.As a start, Kalpavriksh has uploaded all the information collected through research projects and campaigns on this website. All data is in raw form (unless it is voluminous, in which case that is mentioned as being available in hard copy in our office). If the information has been processed, that has also been uploaded.

The clearing house can be accessed at http://environment-rti.org/. For more information or contributions, please write to  [email protected]


The primary purpose of Kalpavriksh’s Advocacy outreach is to act as a information dissemination service to various stakeholder(s) on issues & new developments (legal & otherwise) related to a wide range of issues. One Newsletter  centers on the issue of Community Based Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Security. Towards this, a bilingual (English & Hindi) Advocacy and Newsletter (People in Conservation) material is regularly posted to more than 2000 recipient-stakeholders (individuals, groups, organizations etc.). To know more, write to [email protected] email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Another newsletter, disseminated by the Doc center to stakeholders, that centers around Wildlife and Protected Areas, is the Protected Area Update Newsletter. To subscribe to this newsletter write to, Pankaj Sekhsaria, [email protected] email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Kalpavriksh’s has a well-maintained library comprising of a rich and diverse collection of 4407 books, 1542 reports and 15 magazines. These books, reports and magazines are all available for ready reference at the Documentation Centre which is open to the general public from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on all working days of the week (i.e. Monday – Friday). To know more, write to [email protected]This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feedback from Readers

The Documentation & Outreach Center likes to reach out to its readers from time to time. In Jan 2011, they reached out to their readers whose responses they have uploaded here. If you would like to respond to the queries they set out please have a look at the Feedback Letter and email your response to [email protected]

Source: RTI Clearing House
Address : http://www.kalpavriksh.org/index.php/environment-development/rti-clearing-house.html
Date Visited: Fri Jan 17 2014 18:55:12 GMT+0100 (CET)

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