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.
Update by GiGi Saadani, GDF-Morocco Programme Manager and Mohamed El Haouzi, Project Leader
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.
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.
In 2004, the community of Ulu Papar started working with a group of partners in a project to document key ethnobiological resources important for their livelihoods and how these resources are used, managed and protected.