Foundation for Research and Sustainable Development (FRSD) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organization and is one of the conservation organizations active in the Western Ghats Mountains in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. FRSD is a Member in the Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN, Mountain Forum, International Primatological Society, South Asian Primate Network, Biodiversity Professionals Network, Climate Action Network, Indian Environment Network, Water Integrity Network, Global Biodiversity Institute and in several international environment and conservation organizations.
FRSD is devoted to the preservation of the natural diversity of plant and animal species, and their habitats, through prevention of environmental degradation and destruction. FRSD develops and implements projects through conservation education, action oriented programmes for preventing climate change and preserving our valuable plant and animal species and their natural habitats. Our organization has been exploring community-based approaches to natural resources management and we strongly believe in Endogenous Development.
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.
Biological diversity of our land is protected, conserved, managed and sustainably used, and its benefits are fairly and equitably shared for the social, economic and environmental well-being of rural and indigenous communities.
FRSD’s mission is to conserve and protect Nature, natural resources and ecosystems in the Western Ghats Mountain by inspiring rural and indigenous communities to care about and protect natural habitats and biological diversity through actions based on conservation education, research, networks and partnership.
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.
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her (Wordsworth)