Keystone Foundation has been working since the past 20 years in the field of Eco-development – enabling ecologically sensitive development with indigenous communities. The program areas include work on livelihood, conservation, environmental governance and special initiative for indigenous people, addressing health and nutrition. Keystone has also started work on water resources covering wetlands, springs and issues related to waste and sanitation.
Initiating its work with honey gathering communities in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Keystone has worked on capacity building amongst communities to set up several livelihood and conservation initiatives across three states in ~150 villages covering a population of 25,000 people. Keystone’s work has grown to include a wide arena of work in the interface between indigenous cultures and the natural environment. The focus of our work has been to elicit, promote and highlight the implicit linkage between indigenous livelihood and conservation.