Where we work
FES works in the rain-fed catchment areas of River Papagni in Chittoor and Anantapuramu districts, which lie at the trijunction of the Deccan Plateau and the Eastern and Western Ghats. Once known for its cascading irrigation tanks, this region is now prone to severe droughts and depleting water tables. An increase in cultivated areas, planting of water-intensive crops, escalating cultivation costs, and fluctuations in market price have led to distress migration. We also work in the tribal-dominated and forested uplands of the Machkund river basin in Visakhapatnam district.
What we do
Our efforts are directed at securing tenure over Commons and ecological restoration of the landscape and strengthening habitation-level institutions and their conglomerates. We also focus on the generational transfer of rich, local traditional knowledge, practice, and culture, connected to Commons, through wisdom walks.
Impact at a GlanceAs on Dec 2021
Thousand Acres of Commons under Community Governance
*Map not to scale
*Map not to scale
"With minimal education, tree measurement seemed impossible until I learned the methodology. Now, I know that the trees in my forest weigh about 14 lakh tonnes, a 32% increase from 1996."
Eguva Boyapalle, Chittoor
"Last year, we removed Bodha grass from some of our common land, which boosted the regeneration of rootstock of native species such as Pongemina pinnata and Wrightia tinctoria. Many of these species, which also serve as fodder, have increased in number and growth. This occurred because Bodha, which when dry, can stoke forest fires, was removed. We don’t need to go far in search of fodder for our sheep and goats, and can return to our families early now."
B Bayya Reddy
President, Yerrasanaivaripalle TGCS, Chittoor
Punganur Mandala Vayalaga Rythula Samakhya and Palamaner Mandala Vayalaga Rythula Samakhya, two farmers’ federations, collaborated with FES for the conservation and restoration of Commons. They worked with 268 Village Institutions in 66 Gram Panchayats to map around 28,540 acres of Commons. The restoration plans for these Commons have been prepared and submitted for implementation under MGNREGS.
Biomass Assessment in Sadhukonda Reserve Forest and Adjoining Areas, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India
Change Detection Study in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Project Areas of FES