At FES, milestones are simply physical markers of the steps we take to realise ecological security. They are not, in themselves, achievements. What we strive for are the takeaways and the lessons: to set our sights on the forests, not plantations, to look beyond the trees at ecosystems, to reach past cooperatives for true cooperation; to engage, organise, and secure, for the generations that follow.
Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI 1860, the Foundation for Ecological Security was set up in 2001 to reinforce the massive and critical task of ecological restoration in the country. FES enables rural communities to secure legal rights to their Commons, prepare resource management and governance plans, and access public investment to support environmental improvement. Concurrently, FES:
Engages with government to implement policies and programmes that promote the local management and governance of Commons.
Channels information systems and technology to improve civic engagement.
Partners with research institutions to improve understanding, and bring rigour in field action.
We look forward to a future where local communities determine and move towards desirable land-use practices based on principles of conservation and social justice.