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 Tamil Nadu and Vana Samaraksha¬na Samitis), two Community Forest Resource management committees, one water users’ group, one Ecotour¬ism Management Committee and two women’s self help groups.

The focus of our work with the groups this year has been to facilitate independent decision making within the groups and to build capacities for documentation and accounting.