Global Diversity Foundation

GDF has a dual mission. Through our regional programmes, we support indigenous peoples' and local communities' efforts to protect their biocultural diversity, and peacefully achieve just and autonomous decision-making regarding their territories, resources and futures. In collaboration with diverse institutions, we provide support for communities to elaborate their own research, development and advocacy programmes. Areas of specific focus depend on community interests, although they tend to be community access to lands and resources, community-led conservation, advocacy and campaigning for social and environmental justice, the continuity of ethnobiological and biocultural knowledge, and he...

Global Diversity Foundation
PO Box 194
Bristol, VT 05443
United States
(802)373-5996
http://www.global-diversity.org

Director, GDF

Gary Martin

Management Team

Gary John Martin, Susannah McCandless, Emily Caruso

Board of Directors

Nancy Turner, John R Stepp, Norma Ketay Asnes, Christine Padoch, Thomas Carlson, Octaviana Trujillo

Project Leaders

Susannah McCandless
Marina Aman Sham
Gary Martin

Mission

GDF has a dual mission. Through our regional programmes, we support indigenous peoples' and local communities' efforts to protect their biocultural diversity, and peacefully achieve just and autonomous decision-making regarding their territories, resources and futures. In collaboration with diverse institutions, we provide support for communities to elaborate their own research, development and advocacy programmes. Areas of specific focus depend on community interests, although they tend to be community access to lands and resources, community-led conservation, advocacy and campaigning for social and environmental justice, the continuity of ethnobiological and biocultural knowledge, and health. We fulfil the other aspect of our mission through our cross-cutting international programme, which builds the capacities of dynamic environmental changemakers working at local, national and international levels. Since 2011, we organise the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA), a multidisciplinary course that works to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of postgraduate students and professionals. Our international programme also serves to disseminate project results and organise seminars and workshops on contemporary issues in biocultural diversity, socio-ecological dynamics and the policy-practice interface.

Programs

Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) promotes the richness of local cultures and their environments around the world. We are concerned about the future of the biodiversity that people tend, the languages they speak and the ways they interact with their cultural landscapes. We believe that globalization can go hand-in-hand with diversity. But it requires education, research and sheer hard work in the form of long-term, community-based projects. We work with local people to help them adapt to the world's changing conditions. Our initiatives, conducted in partnership with local and international institutions, primarily take the following forms: - applied research on diverse aspects of biocultural diversity at field sites in Malaysia, Mexico and Morocco; - field projects that improve the health, education and rights of communities under threat from the globalised economy; - training and education, ranging from community workshops to university courses; - global action network, to create a powerful interconnected group of emerging environmental changemakers who are innovating solutions to apparently intractable environmental and social problems; initiatives include regional academies and community exchanges.

Statistics on Global Diversity Foundation

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $118,723
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $188,636
  • Other funding sources: We receive funding from individual donors and charitable funding organizations.
  • Religious Affiliation: none

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