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...

Child from Bundu Tuhan at foothills of Mt.Kinabalu

Child from Bundu Tuhan at foothills of Mt.Kinabalu
The Dusun people of Bundu Tuhan live right at the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu, revering the mountain as a sacred place for their departed. This playful child is from one of the families of Bundu Tuhan. (view small | med | large | orig)

Dar Taliba Girls' School Director Jamila Bousetta

Dar Taliba Girls' School Director Jamila Bousetta
At Dar Taliba, Jamila Boussetta, who was one of the first students in the boarding house in 1999, is now the director, taking care of the approximately 70 girls there. (view small | med | large | orig)

A child from Ulu Papar with her grandmother

A child from Ulu Papar with her grandmother
The village houses are usually dispersed around and locals come to community centers where the workshops are held. Small children tag along the adults in many cases. (view small | med | large | orig)

Kids from Ulu Papar playing on the grass

Kids from Ulu Papar playing on the grass
Community researchers periodically visit remote villages in Ulu Papar, organising workshops, collecting data and disseminating information. Local kids always enjoy visitors. (view small | med | large | orig)

A grandma going to collect plants from the forest

A grandma going to collect plants from the forest
Ulu Papar is a remote region of Sabah, not accessible by proper roads. Its people still rely on their agriculture and forest for much of their food and resources. (view small | med | large | orig)
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