Kiran Kumari from the Foundation for Ecological Security has suggested that I add to my blog on global commons and their communities an explanation of FES’s campaign on commons in Rajasthan. I think it justifies a story of its own. Here’s what Kiran has written.
‘Along with the Government of Rajasthan, FES has been running the Shamlat Abhiyan—the Campaign on Commons in Rajasthan—for more than a year now.
‘In the campaign, FES has been involved in creating and disseminating material for informing and enabling the stakeholders and has been engaging with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the state for taking the campaign to the entire state. FES has been holding workshops for the government and panchayat functionaries at the division, district and block level, as well as the legal and media fraternity and for fellow NGOs across the state.
‘A media campaign, for highlighting the importance of commons in rural lives, is also being implemented. As part of the campaign, short, one-minute films and newspaper advertisements on government orders have been developed and shared through print and electronic media. Letter-writing and SMS (texting) campaigns as well as cultural and folk media are being used for disseminating information on the commons, helping to reach more than 20 million people across 9,000 panchayats of the state and assisting action on ground.’
There is an excellent video about the Shamlat Abhiyan here.