As 'ecological security' is the foundation of sustainable and equitable development, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is committed to strengthening, reviving, or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country.

To this end, FES:

  1. 1.

    Works towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in the uplands and other ecofragile, degraded and marginalised zones of the country, and to this end, to set in place the processes of coordinated human effort and governance, and provide relief to the poor, in particular.

  2. 2.

    Works either directly, or with and through a range of democratic village institutions, their federal bodies and civil society organisations, set up through initiatives that are ecologically sustainable and socially and economically equitable.

  3. 3.

    Ensures the ecological integrity of all efforts by working, as far as possible, with entire landscapes and with all the interrelated communities within it, through a range of arrangements on their land and aquatic resources, whether Commons, Public, or Private.

  4. 4.

    Collaborates with Panchayat Raj and other democratic village institutions as well as appropriate civil society organisations, in their efforts to fulfil the objectives of society and to provide technical and financial assistance to them.

  5. 5.

    Undertakes and sponsors studies and research related to the understanding of ecological processes, the biology and ecology of endemic and endangered species and the various aspects of the political-economy of the associated human communities.

  6. 6.

    Assists in the creation of a coherent perspective on forest and water-related land-use policy as well as a conducive legal and regulatory environment, and disseminates knowledge and information through dialogue with policymakers, legislators as well as administrators, professionals, other agencies and the public at large.

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