Sahjeevan is an organisation that enjoys studying the traditional sustainable practices of communities, which when combined with modern knowledge; become the vehicles of growth and identity for them.
Over the 25 years, in Kutch, Gujarat, Sahjeevan has learnt about the complex geo-hydrology of the region with the women in the villages to solve their drinking water problems; understood the fascinating resilient rain-fed agriculture practices for food security to beat climate change; understood the practice of catching fish with rising and lowering tides in mangrove creeks; the understanding of forests to save endangered biodiversity; the pastoral science of breeding animals using ecology to infuse strength, productivity and resilience; waste management in our cities to have zero waste cities; and much more…
Sahjeevan organises the communities to demonstrate small models of socio-economic growth and advocates with governments to scale up these sustainable practices.
Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)
As ‘ecological security’ is the foundation of sustainable and equitable development, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country. FES works towards centre-staging ecological agenda alongside priorities of economic growth, reorienting progress from
the standpoint of conservation and social justice, and presenting local visions and voices at both local and global levels. By working on systemic issues that can bring about a multiplier change, FES looks forward to a future where the local communities determine and move towards desirable land use practice based on principles of conservation and social justice. Presently, its work is spread across six-eco regions of the country, reaching out to 11,043 village institutions in 31 districts across eight states for assisting the village communities in protecting more than 4 million acres of common lands across the country.