FES_LogoThe Foundation for Ecological Security was set up in 2001 to reinforce the massive and critical task of ecological restoration in India. 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. As 'ecological security' is the foundation of sustainable and equitable development, the Foundation for Ecological Security is committed to strengthening, reviving, or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country.

Movie 'Foundation for Ecological Security's story'.
This movie was created as part of the joint 'Commons in action'-program by the IASC and the Elinor Ostrom Award.
The animation was created by Viumasters.

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To this end FES:

  • works towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources, in the uplands and other eco-fragile, degraded, and marginalized zones of India and to set in place the processes of coordinated human effort and governance to this end;
  • undertakes work either directly, or with and through a range of democratic village institutions, their federal bodies, and civil society organizations, set up through initiatives that are ecologically sustainable, socially and economically equitable, and provide relief to the poor in particular;
  • ensures the ecological integrity of all efforts by working, as far as possible, with entire landscapes, and with all the interrelated communities within it, through a range of arrangements on their land and aquatic resources, whether commons, public, or private;
  • works for and promotes stability of the ecosystems through the protection and restoration of biological diversity, including the diversity of species, age diversity, genetic variability, as well as that of structural composition;
  • collaborates with Panchayati Raj and other democratic village institutions, as well as appropriate civil society organizations, in their efforts to contribute towards the objectives of FES, and to provide technical and financial assistance to them.

FES was awarded the 2013 Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons for their extensive work with both communities and the government to strengthen the local management of the commons and supportive policies for equity and on sustainability.

Website Foundation for Ecological Security

Elinor-Ostrom-Award-LogoThe Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons was established to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom. The award aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young scholars, and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. According with Elinor Ostrom's large legacy the scope of the Award aims to be broad, including academic and applied work on traditional commons (forests, water bodies, pasture lands, fisheries, et cetera), local commons, interlinked commons (forests and watersheds, fisheries and coastlines, et cetera), global commons, knowledge, cultural, and virtual commons. More info and other winners at http://elinorostromaward.org/.


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