Biodiversity conservation and rural livelihood improvement project: social & environmental assessment of Little Rann of Katchchh

This draft final report on Social & Environmental Assessment of Little Rann of Katchchh Landscape details the problems faced by Katchchh due to breaking down of the interdependence among the communities that inhabit the landscape, with serious socio-economic and ecological consequences. Reveals that traditional systems of managing CPRs have broken down, within which migration was merely a coping strategy that communities engaged with and that had been a part of their way of life for ages.
The total area of the LRK landscape is about 7000 sq. km, spread over 5 districts and 10 talukas. The Wild Ass Sanctuary (WAS) lies in the centre of the landscape, and most habitations are spread all around the sanctuary. Except for Nanda Bet there are no habitations within the sanctuary. The landscape offers limited livelihood opportunities but ones upon which communities are largely dependent. The current problems that Katchchh faces are as a result of breaking down of the interdependence among the communities that inhabit the landscape, with serious socio-economic and ecological consequences. Interactions in the landscape revealed that traditional systems of managing CPRs have broken down, within which migration was merely a coping strategy that communities engaged with and that had been a part of their way of life for ages.