Global Diversity Foundation, Inc.
Global Diversity Foundation believes that their future depends on their respectful engagement with the vast biological and cultural diversity of Earth. They work to protect this diversity and enhance socioecological wellbeing. They carry out collaborative biocultural projects that build resilience, foster innovation and promote learning. Their work contributes to the growing global transition towards justice, respect and dignity for all beings.
At the grassroots, through their regional programmes, they support communities as they improve their livelihoods while respecting environmental processes and make autonomous, informed decisions regarding their lands, resources and futures. At the global scale, they strengthen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of emerging environmental changemakers through the Global Environments Network.
Celebrating a decade and a half of work to protect biocultural diversity, enhance local sovereignty and catalyse learning and action for transformation
Global Diversity Foundation’s work began in 2000 with a broad vision of supporting agricultural, biological and cultural diversity. They have sought to promote biocultural diversity around the world through research, training and practical action. Over the last 15 years – in the field with communities and internationally with environmental changemakers – their mission has evolved to encompass a focus on environmental and social justice, community resilience and wellbeing in the face of global change.
Since 2000, Global Diversity Foundation has carried out vibrant applied collaborative research programmes with Indigenous communities in Mesoamerica, North Africa, Southeast Asia and southern Africa. In collaboration with local and national institutions, they provide training and advocacy to support communities as they design and implement their own initiatives to maintain local environments and enhance their livelihoods and wellbeing. Their areas of focus depend on community interests and priorities. To date, they have worked on community-based biocultural diversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, community access to lands and resources, the continuity of ethnobiological knowledge, community health and wellbeing.
In 2016, they consolidated their regional activities into two programmes: the North America regional programme, which expands from their Mesoamerica programme to include the U.S. and Canada; and the Mediterranean regional programme, which grows out of their North Africa programme with a view to include countries on the Northern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean sea. Their Southern Africa and Southeast Asia programmes, which ran for five and ten years respectively, are no longer active but form part of GDF’s legacy.
Between 2000 and 2011, GDF’s International Programme focused on promoting biocultural diversity through training, documentation and networking opportunities. They established the Biocultural Diversity Learning Network, and organised seminars, workshops and trainings at regional and international scales on the topic while maintaining an online repository of resources on biocultural diversity. In 2012, they created the Global Environments Network through which they now channel most of their international work.
Their International Programme now focuses on publications and sharing methodological innovations.See more