In 2016, the Balipara Foundation embarked on an ambitious journey to restore forests across Assam’s “Elephant Country”, a belt stretching from [tk district] all the way to [tk district]. As this dream began to take shape, we found ourselves drawn to the same question over and over again: why not forests and people?

Hours of deliberation later and we had an answer: Rural Futures, the key to reconciling human & biodiversity needs.

A scalable, localized action framework for natural capital regeneration, Rural Futures visualizes communities as the primary stewards of habitat restoration & management. Through habitat-mediated incomes, communities achieve greater socioeconomic mobility, generating a self-sustaining loop of sustainable incomes and businesses for forest-fringe communities.

The Rural Futures Mission

In time, communities accrue enough value through natural capital to become self-reliant, accessing and delivering universal basic assets & services needed to secure basic human needs for improved quality of life and income.

Our passion for Rural Futures is to extend its principles, along with the principles of NaturenomicsTM – ecology and economy in interdependence – across Assam to the Eastern Himalayas and beyond, to build the NaturenomicsTM Civilization.
Our passion is a future in which natural capital forms the central core of a global biome with humans, wildlife and industry in thriving symbiotic coexistence.
A future with self-sufficient, self reliant autonomous networked forest-fringe communities with sustainable livelihoods & businesses based on regenerative habitat management.
A future with natural capital-based system for communities to independently deliver equitable access to universal basic assets.
A future with regenerative, cooperative natural capital based economy that securitizes LEWWAC (Land, Energy, Water, Waste, Air, Carbon).

EASTERN HIMALAYAS