Keystone Foundation

Keystone Foundation


Keystone has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) over the last 17 years (since 1995) with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. During the last couple of years, seven thematic areas have taken form, derived from the original idea of a holistically approach to the issues of livelihoods, conservation & enterprise. These are: Livelihood, Conservation, Organic Market Development, Culture & People, Environmental Governance, Training & Information and Finance & Administration.

Core activities

Networking, capacity building, project implementation

Thematic areas of focus

Forests and biodiversity, non-timber forest products, small grants

Main target group(s)

Local communities, NGOs, local governments, national government


Both ENDS and the Keystone Foundation work together on the development and marketing of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and policy influencing related to biodiversity conservation.

Since 2011Keystone coordinates the Ecosystem Alliance Country Programme India.




Kotagiri, India