Where we work
FES works directly and through partners with communities in eight districts. We work with agro-pastoral communities in Bhilwara, Ajmer, Jaipur and Pali, and with tribal communities in Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand. The central districts face recurrent drought conditions, while the southern districts are marked by severe deforestation, loss of biodiversity and increasing levels of poverty.
What we do
Across regions, we support local communities to secure long-term tenure over common lands, improve local governance of shared natural resources, promote local federations, and channel public investments such as MGNREGS to restore forests, common pastures, and water bodies. We also focus on highlighting the critical ecological functions of forests for viable agriculture, including strengthening livelihoods, and meeting food, fodder, firewood, and water requirements.
Our collaborations with Milk Unions, Prakriti Karyashala outreach, and engagement with Panchayats and the government, enables wider replication of conservation measures for shared natural resources in Rajasthan.
Impact at a Glance
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“When we sold sitaphal (custard apple) as individuals, we did not know who was getting how much. We formed a Self-Help Group, got trained on better harvesting methods and now collectively we are able to negotiate a better rate and make an average of INR 3,000 more per household.”
“Our village depends entirely on the monsoons for water, and most of it is lost to runoff. Training on water conservation showed us how to harvest water in the monsoons. Together, we built the anicut, which was ready in time for this year’s rains. It will be a boon for the entire village as it can store over 6000 cubic metres, which will boost the groundwater level and make water available for agriculture and livestock.”
Nathu Singh Solanki, Devgarh, Rajsamand
Secretary of Devgarh Mandariya Manch, Solankiyo ka Gudha, Devgarh
In coordination with the Sirohi district administration, PRADAN and Jan Chetna Sansthan trained 685 women from Pindwara and Abu Road Blocks in MGNREGS implementation. This boosted the number of women qualified for employment as mates and the number of women MGNREGS mates rose to 90% in the two blocks. District administration scaled this model in other blocks, making Sirohi the first district in Rajasthan with 90% women MGNREGS mates.