During the second year of our project on Implementing Community-based Landscape and Resource Monitoring to Consolidate Voluntary Conservation, Chinantec community researchers gained important know-how in resource management through a series of capacity building sessions.
Since April 2013, GDF has been actively working with The High Atlas Foundation to establish fruit tree and medicinal plant nurseries in two rural townships of the High Atlas Mountains - Ait M’Hamed in Azilal province and Imegdale in El Haouz Province. With funding from the Darwin Initiative and the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund, our goal is to enhance local livelihoods and contribute to plant conservation.
This year's Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA 2014) will begin with a five-day retreat in the Swiss mountain town of Kandersteg, thanks to support from the Salvia Foundation. The Salvia Goethe Retreat, led by Emily Ryan, is titled Dynamic Engagement, a Goethean Approach to Connection.
A feature article in a special volume of Terralingua Langscape (Volume 2, Issue 13). This article features a compilation of essays by seven GESA alumni, young people with a shared interest in protecting our planet’s biocultural diversity by integrating traditional wisdom with cutting-edge innovation. While representing the geographical and disciplinary diversity of GESA, each testifies to the inseparability of culture from ecology in the contributors’ respective field and locale.
Gary Martin, Director of GDF, describes his journey of discovery of the diverse medicinal plants sold by herbalists in the Marrakech medina.
He describes the use of several medicinal plants, such as mandrake, pellitory, and giant fennel, and explains the importance these botanical resources hold for health, local commerce, nutrition and wellbeing in Morocco.
GDF’s role as a partner of the COMBIOSERVE project on "Assessing the effectiveness of community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation" is to carry out methodological research on the theme of ‘co-enquiry’. In a co-enquiry research process, members of the community(ies) involved both lead the decision-making and, through community research teams, the research process themselves.