Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)

Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) was set up in February 2001 and is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860. The efforts of FES lie in intertwining principles of nature conservation and local self- governance in order to accelerate efforts on ecological restoration, as well as improve the livelihood conditions of the poor. FES looks forward to a future where the local communities determine and move towards a desirable land use practice based on principles of conservation and social justice. FES works on landscapes which are as diverse as dense forests, scrub lands, tidal mudflats, ravines, grasslands, water bodies, etc. Keeping local specificity in mind, the common thread that binds our work across the different geographical areas and socio-economic contexts is the belief that local communities are best placed to play the role of custodian of their natural surroundings. Thus we work with village communities towards conservation and protection of land and water and strengthening of community systems of collective management and judicious use of these resources.

FES has been working with village communities in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, and Rajasthan. As on March 2015, the organization has supported 9743 habitations in the improved management and governance of natural resources with more than 3 million acres of common lands brought under the ambit of community management and governance, and impacting the livelihoods of 5.7 million people in 30 districts across eight states. In Odisha, FES is working in four districts namely Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Koraput.