Keystone Foundation’s NRM programme, partly supported by SDC/IC NGO programme has 4 main facets – forest based 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.