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GDF Director, Gary Martin, writes about initiatives taken for medicinal plants at national, level and global levels, to promote human activities that support the diversity of plant life, which in turn nurtures and improv...
In May 2013, training sessions were carried out in San Pedro Tlatepusco and Nopalera del Rosario by our Mesoamerica regional team to train community research teams about local fauna through knowledge dialogues and exchan...
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 managem...
 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 provin...
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 Go...
 The call for abstracts for an international conference organised by COMBIOSERVE is open. The conference will take place in Xalapa, Mexico, 6-9 November 2014, and will be hosted locally by the Instituto de Ecol...

Conserving plants and local livelihoods

 

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.

 

A Window into Global Environments Summer Academy 2014

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.

Perspectives from the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) Alumni

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. 

 

TEDxMarrakech talk by Gary Martin on “Aphrodisiacs & Botanical Livelihoods”

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.

Providing co-enquiry support in COMBIOSERVE fieldsites

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.

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