ALAKNANDA GHAATI SHIPLI FEDERATION (AAGAAS)
Other activities of the federation
 Fruit preservation training programs for the rural community
 Value addition to the existing product range
 Establishing marketing linkages for the product range
 Conducting resource specific R&D activities
 Capacity building of the community on sustainable utilization of resources
 Revival of the traditional craft and heritage
 Exposure visits of the community for capacity building
 Study and protection of traditional systems-ethno-botany, ethno-medicine
 Environmental education programs for local community and schools 

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On-going Projects-

1) Fodder Development for Livestock Improvement and Drudgery Reduction of Hilly Women.
2) AAJIVIKA VATIKA (Livelihood Garden) Program for Bamboo Based Livelihood Promotion For Rural Poor.
3) Regeneration of Ringaal(Hill Bamboo) and Folk media awareness Campaign-Development Market place World Bank Recognition Award.
4) Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) Govt.Of Uttarakahnd, DRDA CHAMOLI.
5) Eco-Tourism and Livelihood Promotion supported by UNDP/GEF/SGP-CEE-Ministry of Environment & Forest Government of India.
5) Himalayan Nettle Project supported by NAWAJ BAI Ratan Tata, Trust Mumbai/Himothan Society, Dehradun.

Completed Project-
1)-Folk Media Awareness Campaign In 3 Blocks (60 Villages) jointly with Jagar Team in District Chamoli.
2)-Shri Badrinath Prasad Basket design development and Marketing program.
3)-Survey and Assessment of Lesser and Unknown Trekking routes around Pipalkoti.
4)-Natural Fiber (Industrial Hemp and Nettle) Based product development and marketing in Metros and Europe.
5)-Sensitization and Documentation of Traditional Health practitioner and Practices in Himalayan Region of Uttarakhand (Supported By JJVS-Udaipur).
6)-Formation of Human Right Association at District level.
7)-Documentation of folk cultural festival and events of Dasholi Block , Chamoli Garhwal.
8
) Shri Badrinath Prasad Tokary (Prasad and flower baskets preparation and Sale at Shri Badrinath Shrine) programme by DIC and Sum Vikas Pariyojana.

Natural Fiber based product development

The District has a good resource base of Natural Fibers such as Agave sisalana, Stinging Nettle, Industrial Hemp etc. These fibers have been brought to limited use by the local weaving community of Bhotias who have traditionally worked with wool.

AAGAAS is working with the weaver community on Research & Development aimed at developing new product lines from these natural fibres. It is hoped that with constant material research and design and technical up-gradation efforts, the mountain community will expand their market base in new markets for eco-textiles and souvenirs.

 
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