Journey of Sahjeevan

Since the last 25 years, Sahjeevan has been inspiring and supporting marginalised communities to revive their traditional ecological knowledge systems, engage with relevant technologies and scientific methods to conserve their ecological resources, and strengthen their livelihoods. Based in Kachchh, the organization has influenced local governance institutions, communities and the region as a whole to conserve biodiversity, regenerate tradition water systems based on local geo hydrological solutions, revitalise pastoralism, promote indigenous livestock breeding practices, and strengthen resilience through rain fed agriculture.

Kutch has witnessed pervasive industrialization and agricultural encroachments; these changes have been the primary drivers of rapid degradation of commons in the last decade. These changes have led to loss of traditional commons based livelihoods and marginalization of some specific communities. This has nudged the organization to focus on conservation and management of commons through governance; and revival of commons based livelihood systems. Sahjeevan works in partnership with other like-minded organizations and local communities. It has identified four thematic areas that need attention; namely Pastoralism, Water, Bio- diversity and Urban issues; and has established specialized units to work on them.Today Sahjeevan works across the state of Gujarat and has earned itself the recognition of being one of the foremost civic society institutions in the country. Sahjeevan expertise is widely recognized and its also provides knowledge and technical support to organizations across India.

"Sahjeevan received a membership of IUCN-The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. IUCN is the largest professional global conservation network and a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. With IUCN network, more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations and almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions in some 160 countries."