Keystone Foundation’s NRM programme, partly supported by SDC/IC NGO programme has 4 main facets – forest 1based livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, water resource management and reviving traditional agriculture systems. The NRM programme was initiated in 1995 in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve (NBR) and works with 6 different indigenous communities (henceforth ‘Adivasis’). The objectives of this ongoing programme are –

  • To improve livelihoods of Adivasi communities of the NBR, particularly the honey hunters and collectors of Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP).
  • To conserve forest biodiversity through ecological monitoring of NTFP, sustainable harvesting systems and technology, trade and value addition.
  • To study communities and their water management systems in hill areas and implement small drinking water projects.
  • Conduct research and revive traditional agriculture systems towards improved food security and household nutrition of the indigenous communities.

Download the full Article