Collaboration with peer organisations and academic bodies form an integral component of our work to both inform our conceptual design and practice as well as in furthering our mandate. While in each location we partner with several like-minded non-government organisations and benefit from academic bodies, at an organisational level we partner with several other agencies that promote conservation ethic, nurture and kindle passion and guide holistic action. At one level, these collaborations take the form of studies on issues of mutual interest and resolve and on the other we also join hands in building public opinion on critical policy issues and lobbying for change.
With International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and few other partners, we are implementing an action research project titled Capacity to Innovate for fodder enhancement in select locations of the country. The project helps us in developing a theoretical framework around our work on meso-level governance involving government officials, academia, civil society organizations, interested individuals and others.
With Washington University in St. Louis, in measuring impacts of energy conservation measures on indoor and outdoor particle emissions that also contribute to climate change. We have also begun an innovative initiative on integrating System Dynamics modeling into our interactions with village communities and thereby designing various interventions around Coupled Natural and Human Systems.
With Clemson University, South Carolina, on studies relating to geology and impact of water harvesting structures on hydrogeology in select locations.
With Waldbau - Institut Freiburg der Albert- Ludwigs University Freiburg (WIF), Germany; Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore on understanding fire ecology across different ecoregions of India.
With the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), WWF-India, Kalpavriksh, Samrakshan Trust, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) to create a forum to further the dialogue on conservation issues and the future of conservation in India.
With ATREE in hosting a biodiversity portal containing information related to conservation and biodiversity of India and involving various people, organizations, research institutions etc. in a participatory manner. This is jointly developed and implemented by: Lawyering for Change, Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), The French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Nature Conservation Foundation, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Strand Life Sciences and The Wildlife Conservation society (WCS). http://indiabiodiversity.org/
With Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CinI) in developing a knowledge bank on the districts of Central India by collating information on a GIS platform, to gradually take shape of an Atlas of Central India.
With International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), FES hosted the 13th Biennial international Conference in January 2011 for furthering the discourse on Commons. In India, FES worked with key decision makers and several networks of practitioner organizations to leverage the opportunity provided by the conference to resurface the discussion on Commons and mainstream it into their nature of work.