The three-year EU-funded project COMBIOSERVE concluded on 14 January 2015 having generated significant evidence regarding the challenges and opportunities of community-based conservation in Latin America. Through multi-disciplinary research carried out in selected fieldsites in Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia, the project sought to assess the effectiveness of community-based strategies for biocultural diversity conservation. A consortium of ten institutions composed of European and Latin American research institutions and civil society organisations (CSOs) led the research.
A brand new initiative is now taking form in the hands of six driven, committed Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) alumni. After four successful Academies since 2011 (with the fifth now being planned for this summer), we are excited that a regional focus on Latin America will solidify the Global Environments Network (GEN)’s aim to train and bring inspiring and dynamic environmental leaders in a global action network.
The second North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange, NACELE 2015, was held at the Montréal Botanical Garden (MBG) with the theme "Nourishing Relations: People, Plants and Place." The four-day workshop, from 18-22 June 2015, focused on Indigenous practices of connection with biocultural diversity in both rural and urban lands and waters.
Two photos by GDF photographer, Inanc Tekguc, from our GlobalGiving projects made it through to GlobalGiving’s 2014 Photo Contest. The photos feature Dar Taliba da Ourika Girls's School graduate-turned-director Jamila Boussetta; and a Dusun youngster from Bundu Tuhan determined to head out and explore her community's biocultural diversity firsthand!
The stories behind these photos:
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.