Sustainable Livelihoods

Indigenous Peoples’ Programme

Appropriate Technology


Knowledge and Capacity Building

Environmental Governance

Health and Community Wellness

Human Wildlife Interactions


Water Resources

Forest Plants of the Nilgiris

A pictorial Field Guide by Keystone Foundation

eystone has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) since 1993 with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. During the last couple of years, several thematic areas have taken form, derived from the original idea of a holistic approach to the issues of livelihoods, conservation & enterprise. These are Conservation, Livelihoods, Indigenous Peoples Programme, Appropriate Technology, Research, Information and Communication, Knowledge and Capacity Building, Finance & Administration and the Crosscutting Programmes of Pollination, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Water Resources, Health and Nutrition and Environmental Governance.


  • TNUSSP Team Visits Devanahalli to Observe the Process of Faecal Sludge Management

    21 July 2016, Devanahalli: The Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme team had an exposure visit to Devanahalli which is about 40 km from the city of Bangalore. Here, CDD Society runs a faecal sludge treatment plant (FTSP) along with the Town Panchayat. The Devanahalli FTSP employs gravity-based biological treatment of sludge and has a ...

  • Training on Forest Rights Act conducted in Baviyur and Kolikkarai


    17 July 2016, Konavakkarai: P. Chandran of the Livelihoods team conducted a training on Forest Rights Act for Kolikkarai and Baviyur villages two days ago. Organised by United Nilgiri Conservation Society (UNCS), the training was attended by 35 villagers as well as the Kotagiri Tehsildar – Ms. Manimeghalai, Forest Range Officer for Kotagiri range – ...

  • Nalam workers for Five Areas in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve Undergo Orientation at Keystone

    Nalam workers understanding the concept of problem tree showing cause and effect

    16 July 2016, Kotagiri: The Health and Community Wellness Programme has recently identified eight ‘nalam’ or wellness workers who would act as a support system for individuals of indigenous communities affected by health issues.  The workers have been tasked with creating awareness and linkages and understanding the cultural context of pathways to care and the ...

  • PGS Workshop Conducted for Farmers’ Group from Dindigul

    Leo explaining the concept and processes of PGS to the farmers group

    14 July 2016, Banglapadigai: A group of 39 organic farmers from Dindigul visited two farms in Banglapadigai and Samaigodal on 8 July. Brought together by CIRHEP (Centre for Improved Rural Health and Environment Protection), these farmers are interested in forming a PGS (Participatory Guarantee Systems) group along the lines of the farmers in Banglapadigai and Samaigodal. ...

  • From Scarcity to Sustainability – Talk by G. K. Bhat, Chairman, Taru Leading Edge

    12 July 2016, Kotagiri: Mr G.K Bhat, Chairman, TARU Leading Edge, addressed Keystone staff at the campus in Kotagiri last week on “From Scarcity to Sustainability – Developing Anticipatory Culture “. Taru Leading Edge Consulting is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with strong technical expertise in urban contexts, climate change and disaster mitigation. Mr. Bhat spoke about how a ...

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