Working directly with local communities for improved governance of natural resources
FES works to accelerate momentum on the ground by strengthening local institutions across varied landscapes for informed, collaborative action on natural resource governance.
FES directly engages with communities to secure community land rights, strengthen collective action for inclusive governance of natural resources, and restore degraded landscapes through public investments. We incubate ideas for scale, by applying and adopting knowledge, information and analytics, and landscape-level conservation planning, to core actions.
Enhancing local capacities for policy and programme implementation
FES works to build people's capacities to secure and rejuvenate Commons, and to improve local governance.
The Prakriti Karyashala (Rural Colleges) are designed to become local centres for the exchange of ideas and experiences, providing large-scale, cost-effective and quality learning opportunities. The Karyashalas train rural communities, village institutions, Panchayats and government and NGO officials, who then provide training to stakeholders closest to their location. Results include marked improvements in planning methodologies, increased restoration of natural resources, and improved governance of community assets.
Partnering with governments and NGOs for informed and collaborative action
FES forges partnerships to embed Commons within government and NGO programmes, to address conservation and local stewardship.
We partner with governments and NGOs (and networks) to support on-ground work and implement policy actions, including the Right to Employment Act and the Forest Rights Act. We assist government and NGO partners to help harness the potential of information technology, for informed action at scale.
Building widespread evidence on the significance of nature conservation for improved social and economic outcomes
FES undertakes action research to improve our understanding of Nature, and of the interaction between natural and social systems. We collaborate with established institutions to monitor and evaluate ecological, institutional and economic change across landscapes, building data and evidence of the significance of nature conservation and collective action.
We innovate and incubate methods and tools (such as Community Based System Dynamics, Experimental Games and Crop Water Budgeting) to promote collective action, influence behavioural changes, and aid decision-making.
Strengthening local networks for social inclusion and accountability
FES aims to build more equitable community participation in developmental decision-making, ensuring in particular that women and marginalised groups are more consistently included in all participative governance processes and habitation level institutions relevant to Commons.
We also work towards expanding data access and use, and creating mechanisms to reinforce transparency, social accountability, and monitoring of programme implementation at the local level.