#KhaneKeLiyeBachao advocates a culturally-sensitive and inclusive approach to environmental sustainability and conservation.
It represents our deepest and most fundamental connections with nature – that of natural resources, specifically food! It celebrates both aesthetic and utilitarian relationships that have existed between nature and humanity, across time, space and culture.
#KhaneKeLiyeBachao underscores our unwavering belief that communities should have the ability to secure their right to food, nutrition, and livelihoods. Simultaneously, it acknowledges the cultural significance of food, recognizing it as more than just nutrition. Food is vital to a community and an individual’s sense of self and well-being. It is this relationship with natural resources that is at the heart of #KhaneKeLiyeBachao as our conservation philosophy. 
Illustration credits: Vidushi Chahal
This approach to conservation is built on engagements with nature and natural resources that are plural and sustainable. By acknowledging ecosystems as essential providers of food and resources, #KhaneKeLiyeBachao emphasizes the urgent need to conserve them for our own survival. It serves as a powerful call to action, urging us to strive for just, equitable, and long-term environmental sustainability.

How #KhaneKeLiyeBachao shapes our work

KKLB serves as the cornerstone of Dakshin’s programmes. It reflects our theory of change, which centers on the idea that effective marine conservation requires collaboration with communities dependent on ocean resources for their livelihoods. Thus, sustainable utilitarian relationships between nature and communities lie at the heart of our work.
For example, fish are a multi-faceted ocean resource intricately tied to the future of both people and the environment. Our interventions revolve around the conservation and sustainable use of fisheries, empowering fisher and coastal communities to actively participate in the governance of their natural resources. Our projects promote community well-being and sustainability, while preserving traditional small-scale fisheries, providing livelihood support, and establishing a model of participatory and rights-based governance over fisheries and biodiversity. 
Illustration credits: Amith Venkataramaiah & Ria Rajan
Our conservation philosophy and interventions distinguish us from mainstream organisations. Unlike approaches that tend towards exclusion and culturally inappropriate models, advocating against animal consumption and supporting fishing bans, KKLB embraces a community-centered, inclusive, and holistic approach that redefines marine conservation by paving the way for a more equitable and sustainable path, ensuring the well-being of our oceans and coastal ecosystems for present and future generations.
Illustration credits: Athulya Pillai and Current Conservation
Moreover, #KhaneKeLiyeBachao recognises both coexistence and conflict as inherent aspects of the relationship between nature and people.  It advocates for inclusive, community-driven models for sustainable conservation. This ethos is embodied in our flagship initiative, SeaChange, dedicated to securing healthy ecosystems and thriving communities by unlocking local potential, building bridges, and strengthening community agency.