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Community Organizations Foundation for Ecological Security
Foundation for Ecological Security
Foundation for Ecological Security
Non-profit organization

Focal point

Jagdeesh Rao
Phone number
Tel: 02692-261303 (O)


388 370
Postal address
Post Box No. 29
At - Jahangirpura
PO - Gopalpura
Vadod- 388 370
Hadgud, District - Anand
Gujarat, INDIA
Working languages

Spread across diverse ecological and social geographies, FES works towards conservation of nature and natural resources through collective action of local communities. The crux of FES efforts lie in locating forests and other natural resources within the prevailing economic, social and ecological dynamics in rural landscapes. Globally, FES hopes to see an increasing influence on two fundamental issues in governing shared natural resources a socio-ecological systems approach and a Commons paradigm, which together could have far-reaching impact on world views on development.

In India, FES has played a pioneering role in furthering the concept of Commons as an effective instrument of local governance, as economic assets for the poor and for the viability of adjoining farmlands. It has also highlighted that by strengthening the institutional dimension, the collective action spins off from effectively managing natural resources to other spheres of village life such as education, health and access to economic opportunities.

Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI 1860, the Foundation for Ecological Security was set up in 2001 to reinforce the massive and critical task of ecological restoration in the country. The Foundation strives for a future that is based on a holistic understanding of the principles that govern the interrelationships of various life forms and natural systems. The essence of these efforts lies in intertwining principles of nature conservation and local self-governance in order to accelerate ecological restoration, as well as improve the living conditions of the poor.



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Water Commons Influencing Practice

Reports & Research
Mayo, 2016

Rajasthan (India) has been a pioneer state in terms of policy and practice in water conservation and management. The ongoing water stress in Rajasthan has triggered serious thinking,in particular on micro action, that can contribute to Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlambhan Abhiyan (MJSA) thinking. FES and Hindustan Unilever Foundation are sharing the report  with a view to illustrate one possible trajectory for a collaborative action involving private sector, civil society organisation and the government.

Community as Local Stewards

Reports & Research
Octubre, 2015

The document highlisghts that the AWS Standard is helpful in developing a stepwise understanding of community and insitutional development, An action plan was developed with the communuty during the scoping exercise, considereing the water related concerns of the communities and their shared risks and challenges. The plan would act as a point of reference and guide the implementation process.

The Case for the Commons

Policy Papers & Briefs
Septiembre, 2015

This new policy brief was commissioned by the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) and has been co-authored by Shalini Bhutani and Kanchi Kohli. It captures in one document the SC’s judgement, the course it has taken there after and the policy options that prevail. The document draws from information collected from government departments in several states & UTs, case papers and media reports to understand what is the status of implementation, the challenges in the realisation of the SC’s commons Judgment and where the strengths lie.

Post-CFR Scenarios in Central Indian Landscape: Prioritising Issues and Developing Support Mechanisms

Reports & Research
Mayo, 2015

The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) supported a scoping study to understand the range of post CFR issues in the central Indian landscape,  especially in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha. It also proactively sought to draw experiences from states such as Maharashtra and Kerala where established mechanisms related to post CFR issues have been implemented through various partnerships.

A Commons Story

Reports & Research
Noviembre, 2010

The study is an attempt to bring to  the fore a Commons perspective of agriculture,livestock and rural   livelihoods  in  the  dryland and tribal areas of  India.  Would  agriculture,  livestock and  rural livelihoods sustain in  the absence  of the support  provided  by  Commons.

In finding an answer to this,  This explores  the potential role of  the Commons (land and  water resources)  in strengthening the  viability  of the agro‐pastoral production  systems and the resilience of  household livelihoods.