About Us

FRSD has been working in the Western Ghats Mountains for the past ten years. Western Ghats mountain ranges constitute the beautiful array of mountains along the western coasts of India. The Western Ghats is considered as one of the most cherished ecological destinations in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight "hottest hot spots" of biological diversity in the world.  It is also called the Great Escarpment of India.

Philosophy

I have founded a Conservation organization called Foundation for Research and Sustainable Development (FRSD) engaged in protecting Nature and natural resources in southern Tamilnadu, India. FRSD is dedicated to conserve threatened mountain ecosystems and wonderful rural areas beneath the Western Ghats Mountains in southern Tamilnadu.   This is our home and one of the ancient places on earth well known for its civilization and cultural heritage. Our efforts are focused in ensuring the natural heritage and indigenous knowledge of our people are protected and conserved for the present and for generations to come.  FRSD’s conservation work is mainly driven by the core values of respect to our glorious past and ancient wisdom that were in practice during the Sangam period of Classic Tamil history.

In the years to come, FRSD will be dedicated to preserve and protect our natural world and the Western Ghats Mountains and the wondrous wildlife. In addition, FRSD will strive for peace and non violence with a holistic approach to establish and nurture the respect and skills needed to build a culture of peace on our beautiful planet.

MODUS OPERANDI

FRSD modus operandi is based on:

  1. facilitating the identification of people’s needs and priorities;
  2. facilitating development and exchange of ideas and solutions to identified problems;
  3. providing linkages between these ideas and policy/decision making processes; and
  4. Facilitating changes in policies.

The specific techniques and strategies that FRSD uses are:

  • Applied Research
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity building
  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Information Documentation and Dissemination

Issues we work on

  • Conserving Biodiversity of the region through education and sensitization
  • Preserving ecosystem by educating local communities
  • Protecting rare and endangered species found various forest ranges in the Western and Eastern Ghats range of mountains
  • Ancient forests in the Western Ghats-a Global Biodiversity Hot spot
  • Indigenous communities and protecting their knowledge and traditions
  • Revitalization of traditional knowledge on medicine and agriculture
  • Educating rural and indigenous communities on environment and biodiversity conservation through awareness generation programs.
  • Empowering marginalized rural women through income generation programs linked to biodiversity conservation
  • Hygiene Education in rural areas, local schools and among NGOs on water purification, sanitation and healthy living through indigenous medicines.