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...

GESA begins with a Swiss Alps nature retreat

GESA begins with a Swiss Alps nature retreat
Following popular and productive excursions to the Bavarian countryside in the Munich-based GESA 2011 and 2012, a three-day retreat in Kandersteg launches each summer academy in Switzerland. (view small | med | large | orig)

A GESA workshop featured political puppet making

A GESA workshop featured political puppet making
Dr. Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, an artist and academic based in Cambridge and Berlin, led the workshop, titled When Voice Becomes Form and Puppet Becomes Satire, at GESA 2013. (view small | med | large | orig)

A scene from the Advocacy, Law and Policy workshop

A scene from the Advocacy, Law and Policy workshop
Led by international legal expert and GESA 2012 alum Marie Wilke, the session aimed to encourage participants to use law and policy in their work. It ended with a 'moot court' simulating a legal case. (view small | med | large | orig)

Connecting with nature on a visit to the Alps

Connecting with nature on a visit to the Alps
GESA participants eagerly leave the conventional classroom behind in open air sessions in gardens and parks and during field trips to local museums, nearby farms and more remote mountain retreats. (view small | med | large | orig)

Every GESA features a community mapping exercise

Every GESA features a community mapping exercise
Interactive sessions, facilitated by skilled resource persons, provide theory and practice with methods such as video, participatory mapping and ethnographic approaches. (view small | med | large | orig)
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