Participatory And Sustainable Forms Of Development In Manipur

Project: 

Location: Manipur

Grassroots Partner:  Center for Research and Advocacy Manipur

Project Description:

The project will work on preserving the economic, social and cultural rights of people. Unlike other groups which work civil rights, viz torture and similar issues, CRAM works on other important details and also responding to emerging challenges, such as land grabbing, displacement etc,

The work involves

Documentation, Research, Publications : Conduct documentation and studies/informal Research on persisting and emerging issues such as mega dams construction, oil drilling, mining, displacement and role of corporate bodies and International Financial Institutions in causing displacement, land alienation and policies etc.  

Advocacy And Campaign (Based on Specific case of situations of Violations) : Capacity building of communities through orientation/trainings on indigenous peoples rights, on water, land, forest, housing rights etc and strengthening coordination and support among communities  affected by larger development challenges through exposures/exchange visits/interactions etc.     

Policy Level Engagement For Sustainble Development : Critique and engage state authorities to frame people friendly policies,to promote people oriented Industrial policy, tourism policy, land use policy, climate change action plan etc To support ongoing campaign for repeal  of problematic policies which has facilitated evictions of fishing communities in Loktak Lake. Press for rightful involvement of communities in all decision making processes on the use and interventions on Transboundary rivers in Manipur and in other parts of India’s North East.

Highlights:

  • Fishing communities were able to assert their livelihood and survival means in Loktak wetlands.
  • Communities affected by Mapithel dam were able to force project authorities to delay project completion, allowing time to reconsider the social, environmental and other impacts of the mega dams. 
  • Putting on hold oil exploration by corporate entities that would have grossly affected the ecology of the place
  • Engaging extensively with the media and garneringmedia support and vastly increasing the media coverage of development issues which led to stronger communities responses and interventions. 

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