This year saw the merging of two of our programme areas – the Livelihoods programme and the Environmental Governance Programme. This merger situates livelihoods within the larger ambit of environmental governance and strengthens the focus on rights of indigenous people to livelihood resources. The combined programme area will continue to work towards strengthening livelihoods based on the natural resource base, in particular while developing appropriate non farm livelihoods as well, while strengthening spaces for indigenous people in decision making.

The other major change in our strategy this year has been our attempt to de link area teams from particular programme areas. This enables area teams to function with a focus on area development and address cross cutting issues between livelihoods, conservation, culture and enterprise.

  • Support to Agriculture

    Almost a half of the agricultural lands in possession by the indigenous people lies fallow in the Reserve. The contributing factors to name a few are – lack of agricultural credit, high risk of wildlife raids and inadequate marketing support for traditional varieties and uncertain monsoons. This programme has been ...

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  • Group Building and Institutional Development Gooseberry being dried at a value addition centre

    The programme is committed to work¬ing with and through a variety of village organizations in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. During the year, we worked with 14 indigenous farmer’s groups, 13 groups working under the aegis of the Participatory Guarantee Systems, 43 joint forest management committees (both Village Forest Committees in ...

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  • Training on Monsoon Disease Prevention Conducted in Nilambur

    12 June 2016, Nilambur: An awareness camp was conducted at Vaniyampuzha village in Nilambur on protection against monsoon diseases. Vaniyampuzha in north Nilambur is a small village consisting of 33 familes belonging to the Paniya community. Most of these families depend on the nearby Chaliyar river and Vaniyampuzha stream for all their ...

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