Formed in 2003, the Samdhana Institute offers an institutional home and living community for those who wish to devote more of their time and energy to the work they are committed to and mentor the next generation. Samdhana's community of practitioners was forned by a small group of individuals: conservationists, development practitioners, and human rights activists. These first Samdhana Fellows shared a commitment of 'giving back' what they have learned to the following generations, bringing together skills, knowledge, experience, and extensive local and global networks.
Samdhana Fellows have many years of experience in organising and assisting local communities to outline local-traditional systems of natural resources management that reflect their forest tenure, especially the economic and enviromental performance of these systems.
Fellows are committed to sharing their experiences and continuing the cycle of learning from local people, to evolve newer approaches to dealing with outside pressures on their landscapes and develop methods to improve management. The projects include organising local institutions through land use planning, inventory of local-traditional systems to integrate existing sustainable forest management schemes and monitoring.