Keystone Foundation, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve - Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Keystone Foundation began in 1993 by working with the indigenous people in the mountainous and adjoining regions of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve to address the challenges of conservation, alternate livelihood opportunities, and enterprise development. The Philanthropy grant will allow them to strengthen land tenure for local people through the Forest Rights Act and develop appropriate land use practices for better food, health and nutrition among 3,100 households of indigenous communities across 104 villages.