[act-ma] 10/8 AID India Saathi, Malika Virdi on Uttarakhand Van Panchayat Institution: Forest Commons vs State Property

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Mon Nov 3 12:09:24 PST 2008


Association For India's Development, MIT and Boston Chapters
Harvard GSAS ALAAP
South Asia Center
Alliance For Secular and Democratic South Asia
Sanhati
 
Proudly Presents
 
TALK: Uttarakhand Van Panchayat Institution: 
Forest Commons Versus State Property
 
Malika Virdi
(AID Saathi, Van Panchayat Sarpanch & Social Activist) 
 
DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2008 (3pm)
LOCATION: MIT, BUILDING 4, ROOM 231
FREE TO ALL. LIGHT SNACKS AVAILABLE. 
Online Poster
 
About The Talk:
Van Panchayats or Village Forest Councils in Uttarakhand, India are often spoken about as successful institutions for democratic decentralization, and as models for the governance of natural resource commons. The talk will take a closer look at the nature of such decentralization, consider recent changes in related legislation and how they translate on the ground, and look at where Van Panchayats are headed today.
 
About Malika Virdi:
Malika is an avid mountain, people and nature person. She has worked for nearly 3 decades on various human rights and women rights related issues in many places across India (Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttaranchal) . Presently she is the Sarpanch of the Sarmoli village Forest Council (Van Panchayat) and is a founder member of a womens' collective in Munsiari called Maati and is associated with several regional and national womens and human rights groups. Malika Virdi was nominated by a group called the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
 
Malika focuses on the following areas in her work in Munsiari:
- Strenthening democratic institutions 
- Building networks, alliances and broad basing our understanding
- Women's Issues 
- Livelihood Issues and Food Security 
- Ecological Security issues 
 
More details: http://www.aidboston.org/MalikaVirdi
Contact us for talk details: info at aidboston.org or 732-423-6662
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