205 million acres, a quarter of India’s geographical area, spanning community forests, pastures and water bodies, are classified as Commons.
They are shared resources that serve vital ecological functions, and also meet the critical livelihood needs of more than 350 million of India’s rural poor. India’s Commons face widespread degradation, leading to falling yields, increased cost of cultivation, depleted water tables, shrinking forests, and the unregulated use of pastures.
It is also now acknowledged globally, that the degradation of Commons is a key contributor to poverty, conflict, corruption and limited economic growth.
FES’ core model is built on three interconnected elements, to link the people to Commons, to understand and respect the inter-relationships of various life forms and natural systems. We look to help local communities retain their rights over Commons, to move towards sustainable land-use practices that aid conservation, and create economic opportunities.
FES Core Model
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