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Foundation for Ecological Security

The crux of FES’ efforts lie in locating forests and other natural resources within the prevailing economic, social and ecological dynamics in rural landscapes and in intertwining principles of conservation and local self governance for the protection of the natural surroundings and improvement in the living conditions of the poor. By working on systemic issues that can bring about a multiplier change, we strive for a future where the local communities determine and move towards desirable land-use that is based on principles of conservation and social justice.

FES presently works with 5,900 village institutions in 31 districts across eight states, and assists the village communities in protecting more than 637,000 hectares of common lands including  revenue wastelands, degraded forest lands and Panchayat grazing lands (Charagah lands). 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.
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  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
  Annual Report 2013-14
Balance Sheet 2013-14


News and Updates
Winners of the Prof. Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons felicitated at the IASC 2013, Japan.
Abstracts of papers submitted by Prof. Elinor Ostrom Fellows - 2013.
FES's efforts at poverty alleviation in Angul covered in Orissa Post.
FES in collaboration with Kalpavriksh publishes 'The State of Wildlife in North-East India 1996-2011'.
Results of the Prof. Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons announced.  
Workshop on Community Conserved Areas and Framework for Management Plans
FES launches the Indian Biodiversity Information System (IBIS) - Mammals portal.
October 14, 2012, Hyderabad
Arpit Deomurari receives Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award 2012 for his contribution to IBIS
Common Voices Newsletter issue VIII  
Common Voices Newsletter issue VII  
Rajasthan readies draft policy on common land.
Claim for Commons - A blog aimed to collate all information related to the Supreme Court judgment paving the way for protection of the commons across the country.
The Case for the Commons, Issue 1, April 2014
The Case for the Commons, Issue 2, June 2014
The Case for the Commons, Issue 3, August 2014
The Case for the Commons, Issue 4, October 2014
The Case for the Commons, Issue 5, December 2014

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