Community-led restoration of forest resources improves community cohesion and livelihoods

Since 1987, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) has worked in central Odisha to strengthen traditional systems of forest protection and restoration. FES’ intervention has contributed to the development of community-based forest management institutions in the Angul District. These comprise women and men from marginalised groups and tribes. They have not only guaranteed a sustainable use of natural resources but also secured livelihoods and made forest-dependent communities’ economies more resilient.

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Rajashree Ghosh, Shivani Bhardwaj (Sathi All for Partnerships), Jan Cherlet and Giulia Baldinelli (ILC Secretariat)