Foundation for Ecological Security

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The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) enables people in rural India to access legal rights to share, self-govern, and conserve common land.

Why We Invested

FES is the largest organization focused on securing equal rights to common land (“the commons”) for India’s rural poor. While up to 30 percent of India’s population depends on the commons for nutrition and livelihood, very few people have formal rights to this land. FES addresses this issue by representing landless communities and organizing long-term secure tenure to common land. By establishing formalized rights and using a bottom-up approach to resource management, FES ensures that the commons are governed to support individual livelihoods as well as environmental sustainability.

FES’s programs focus on a holistic approach to resource management that includes legal rights and financial resources for individuals, strengthening village institutions, and improving the productivity and long-term sustainability of natural resources. With Omidyar Network’s funding, FES will advance policy advocacy, grow operations, and build programs that will enable 1.5 million people to obtain equal land rights.