Past regional programmes

Southeast Asia

Spanning 8 years from 2004 until 2012, GDF’s work in Southeast Asia with Dusun communities in the Crocker Range and Mount Kinabalu areas focused on supporting them to establish forest and resource management approaches that respect traditional livelihoods and knowledge systems and design endogenous development pathways compatible with the objectives of these protected areas. Through a blend of participatory research and action and interactive training programmes, we explored the issues between parks and people to uncover ways protected areas and indigenous communities can converge to support both biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

Southern Africa

Work in southern Africa, which began in 2006, focused on two sites: documenting livelihood strategies to support community-based conservation in the Central Kalahari, Botswana, and creating 60 home and school gardens for 800 San Bushmen in Omaheke south, Namibia. The school gardens in Namibia aimed at promoting San use of wild food and medicinal plants in order to promote healthy lifestyles in sedentary settlements.