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Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2005

Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2005

Following up on the first successful Nanda Devi Women’s Festival that coincided with the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Reni Incident, Gram Sabha Lata broadened out the themes of its second Nanda Devi Women’s Festival to recognize the achievements of the region’s women, men, and children. Due to unusually heavy snowfall this year, most of the […]

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GEO Magazine highlights Nanda Devi

GEO Magazine highlights Nanda Devi

January 2005 Entitled, “Himalaya: The mother of all mountains”, the special January issue of the French travel & geographic journal surveys the challenges and travails confronting Himalayan communities from Kashmir to Nepal, with Nanda Devi leading the way. Through exclusive photos of people and places around the biosphere reserve, the magazine retells the Nanda Devi […]

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Interview with Bali Devi

Interview with Bali Devi

October 31, 2004 Bali Devi Rana, Head of the Mahila Mangal Dal (Women Welfare Group) of village Reni (Chamoli Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India) has recently returned from the Global Women’s Conference on Environment, organized by UNEP at Nairobi (Kenya) on 11-13 October 2004, where she shared the inaugural stage with Nobel peace laureate Prof Wangari Maathai. […]

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The issues and concerns of Chipko are still alive today

The issues and concerns of Chipko are still alive today

Press Club, Dehradun 21 October 2004 The Alliance for Development organized a press conference at the Press Club, Dehra Dun on 21 October 2004, on the return of Bali Devi and Biju Negi from the Global Women’s Assembly on Environment, at Nairobi (Kenya). The following Press Note was circulated to the media on the occasion. […]

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Bali Devi’s address in Nairobi

Bali Devi’s address in Nairobi

This is the translation of Bali Devi’s address to the UNEP Women As the Voice for the Environment Conference in Nairobi. Bali Devi is the Mahila Mangal Dal President of Reni village, a post once held by Gaura Devi. The speech marks the first time that a grassroots indigenous Chipko woman activist has spoken at […]

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Women to share environment concerns with Nobel laureate

Women to share environment concerns with Nobel laureate

New Kerala October 10, 2004 [India News]: New Delhi, Oct 10 : Two Indian women activists will share the platform with Wangari Maathai, this year’s Nobel Peace Price winner, at a United Nations environment meet in Nairobi Monday to highlight women’s struggle for livelihood. Bali Devi, who was part of the historical environmental conservation movement, […]

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A Biosphere Tragedy All Over Again?

A Biosphere Tragedy All Over Again?

Villagers raise serious questions about the park system in Uttarakhand Reported by Harish Chandola, special to nandadevi.org September 9, 2004 People living around the Nanda Devi National Park went looking for a team that had come from the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Geneva, led by Mr. Michael Green, to know the purpose […]

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2004 Canada Trip

2004 Canada Trip

(Dehra Dun, June 22) Experts on community based tourism (CBT) can take a cue from the example of Lata village in Chamoli district. The unique feature of the inhabitants of this small village of ‘Bhutia’ people in the Niti Valley is that most of its occupants live in at least two villages at various times […]

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Nanda Devi’s "Painting Hopes" exhibition goes online

Nanda Devi’s "Painting Hopes" exhibition goes online

Aims to raise funds for local youth of the Niti Valley This summer, art for social change and community empowerment were the themes that propelled a unique collaboration to benefit the local communities in the majestic environs of Nanda Devi and highlight the folk arts of Uttarakhand. From June 19-24, over twenty artists from the […]

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Nanda Devi Biosphere gets Ecotourism Award

Nanda Devi Biosphere gets Ecotourism Award

Uttarakhand is basking in the recent glory achieved by the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. This mountain paradise named after the goddess, Nanda Devi, in district Chamoli has been named second runner-up in the destination category for the prestigious 2004 Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Eco-tourism Awards. The reputed American travel magazine, which has its headquarters in […]