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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 bioc...
The North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange, held 14-17 
October 2013, convened indigenous environmental practitioners from around North America in the Capay Valley, about 90 minutes from Ber...
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, pellit...
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...
  From 29 April to 2 May 2013, Carlos del Campo, field biologist Ana Laura Terán and consultant David Flores conducted the first basic mapping workshop with the Santiago Tlatepusco community.  This wo...
Update by GiGi Saadani, GDF-Morocco Programme Manager and Mohamed El Haouzi, Project Leader The girls from the Lalla Aouda Saadia school are proud of their emerging garden! They are dreaming of cultivating an even g...

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.

North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange

The first of a two-part event - North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange (NACELE) - will be held on 14-17 October 2013 at beautiful facilities in Capay Valley operated by the Yocha Dehe Band of Wintun Indians, about 90 minutes from Berkeley, California. Featuring indigenous leaders from around North America, NACELE is structured specifically to nurture dynamic Native American and First Nations environmental leaders.

New book: “Community Action for Conservation: Mexican Experiences”

Co-edited by Luciana Porter-Bolland, Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Claudia Camacho-Benavides, and Susannah McCandless, “Community Action for Conservation: Mexican Experiences” addresses some of the critical issues facing community-based conservation by reflecting on specific cases within Mexico.

School Garden Projects in Marrakech

 

This year, GDF has continued its support of school garden projects by working with several schools and colleges throughout the Marrakech medina. This includes work on both newly identified sites and the restoration of existing gardens.

 

At Abou Firass School, work started in February 2013 to convert an abandoned plot of land into a herb garden. GDF financed the clearing of accumulated waste found on the identified plot, the cleaning and weeding of the grounds, the purchase of aromatic plants, and the construction of an irrigation system for the garden. 

 

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