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Foundation for Ecological Security

Spread across diverse ecological and social geographies, FES works towards conservation of nature and natural resources through collective action of local communities. The crux of FES efforts lie in locating forests and other natural resources within the prevailing economic, social and ecological dynamics in rural landscapes. Globally, FES hopes to see an increasing influence on two fundamental issues in governing shared natural resources a socio-ecological systems approach and a Commons paradigm, which together could have far-reaching impact on world views on development.

In India, FES has played a pioneering role in furthering the concept of Commons as an effective instrument of local governance, as economic assets for the poor and for the viability of adjoining farmlands. It has also highlighted that by strengthening the institutional dimension, the collective action spins off from effectively managing natural resources to other spheres of village life such as education, health and access to economic opportunities.

The three fundamental dimensions or cornerstones of FES are:

  • Ecological Restoration
    Conserving nature, restoring and managing natural resources, such as land and local biodiversity, hydrological and nutrient cycles;
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  • Commons and Community Institutions
    Strengthening institutions and enhancing the capacity to self-govern, promoting inclusionary processes and collective decision-making;
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  • Rural Livelihoods
    Securing livelihoods that are dependent on natural resources, and assisting communities to determine and adopt consumption levels within the ecological capacity of the area.
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As on June 2019, FES works with 20,290 village institutions in 31 districts across eight states, and assists the village communities in protecting 6.3 million acres of common lands including revenue wastelands, degraded forest lands and Panchayat grazing lands, positively impacting 11 million rural people across 8 states of India. We support Panchayats and their subcommittees, Village Forest Committees, Gramya Jungle Committees, Water Users Associations and Watershed Committees in order to improve the governance of natural resources. Regardless of the form of the institution, we strive for universal membership and an equal access of women and poor in decision making.

  Annual Report 2017-18
Balance Sheet 2018-19
FCRA Financial Statements 2017-18
FCRA Annual Return (FC-4) 2017-18
Foreign Contribution_FES_1st July 2019 to 30th September 2019
News and Updates
Knowledge Commons: Legal and Policy Issues  
FES receives the Habitat Trust's Strategic Partnership Grant Awards  
Join the global "World Commons Week"
Oct 4-12, 2018.
Kullu Call- A discussion paper for creating visibility for Pastoralism in India.  
Foundation for Ecological Security receives the HCL grant 2017 in the Environment Category on February 21, 2017.  
Fading Lifestyle, Shrinking Commons
A photo feature by GB Mukherji (on the lifestyle and livelihood of nomadic herders). Supported by Foundation for Ecological Security. Not for sale. Suggested contribution INR 500; USD 20. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
Smt.Kesi Bai, Sanjadi ka Badiya Village, Bhilwara , Rajasthan is awarded the prestigious Womens World Summit Foundation (WWSF) Prize for Womens Creativity in Rural Life, October 2016  
Composite Land Assessment & Restoration Tool wins the Vodafone Mobile For Good Award, 2016  
Landscapes: Restoration of Commons - Project Areas Across India  
Jagdeesh Rao Puppala receives Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Awards 2015.  
Rajasthan readies draft policy on common land.  
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India felicitated Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) with Certificate of Appreciation on the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on
June 17, 2014.
UNCCD Land for Life 2013: First Prize goes to FES.  
Foundation for Ecological
Security (FES) awarded
Nobel Laureate Elinor
Ostrom International
Award on Commons.
FES awarded the ToI Social Impact Award  

A Sustainability Project: Strengthening collective action through simulation games for better groundwater management in water-distressed Anantapur district, India.

We are grateful to our funding partners for their proactive support over the years:
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