Banni Pashu Uchherak Maldhari Sangathan (BPUMS), Kachchh district, Gujarat

Banni Pashu Uchherak Maldhari Sangathan (BPUMS) is a community based organization of semi-nomadic animal breeders known as Maldharis who rear buffalo, cow, sheep and goat. The CBO has started negotiating with states on the pastoral rights and rights of grazing in Banni grassland under Forest Rights Act. Through the grant, they will bring Banni grasslands under the governance of the Maldhari pastoralists by getting the title to Community Forest rights and strengthen Community Forest Management Committees across 16 Gram Panchayats by providing them training on Forest Rights Act implementation and exposure visits.