Named for ‘keystone species’ which are species crucial for an ecosystem to grow and evolve, Keystone Foundation began to incubate organisations that work to protect indigeneous lives and communities and their socioecological resilience. They focus on strengthening the resilience of species and landscapes, with a special focus on bee ecology and traditional knowledge from indigeneous communities as well as ecological restoration. The idea of wellbeing is key to their practice, which accounts for the mental health, political autonomy and traditional knowledge systems and cultural practices of indigeneous communities. They collaborate between grassroots organisations to ensure that strong networks and alliances protect vulnerable communities’ interests.
Why are they the right choice for others:
- A pioneering effort that focuses on the importance of ecological resilience for indigeneous communtiies
- A network that highlights the importance of grassroots action at the centre of environmental and development issues
- Ensuring traditional knowledges are at the centre of promoting agricultural biodiversity
- Empowering indigeneousl communities with funds for environment protection and livelihoods