International Programme

Between 2000 and 2011, GDF’s International Programme promoted biocultural diversity through training, documentation, and networking opportunities. We established the Biocultural Diversity Learning Network, organising seminars, workshops and trainings at regional and international scales on the topic. We maintained an online repository of resources on biocultural diversity, and continue to animate a dedicated Facebook page. Here we share methodologies, publications and workshop results.

In 2012 we created the Global Environments Network (GEN), through which we now channel most of our international work. For information on GEN initiatives, click here.

Co-enquiry and Participatory Research for Community Conservation: a Methods Manual

This methods manual is designed as an overarching tool for engaging in co-enquiry processes with indigenous and local communities. It includes arguments in support of co-enquiry as best practice, guidance on how to approach each element of the research cycle using co-enquiry, descriptions of co-enquiry approaches to monitoring, evaluation and dissemination, and reflections on the relationship between co-enquiry and advocacy.

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Conducting and Communicating Ethnobotanical Research: a Methods Manual

This methods manual emerged directly from a 10-day intensive Ethnobotanical field course organised in the Moroccan High Atlas by GDF and University of Kent in collaboration with MedPlant in September 2014. It covers ethics, anthropological methods, botanical methods and effective science communication, providing numerous examples and case studies to illustrate the methods covered.

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Community Conservation in Latin America: Innovations in Research and Practice: Conference Proceedings

Proceedings from the international conference Community Conservation in Latin America: Innovations in Research and Practice, which took place in Xico, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, 6-9 November 2014. The conference was organised by the COMBIOSERVE consortium, a group of research institutions and civil society organisations carrying out a European Union funded project (under the aegis of Framework Programme 7) entitled Assessing the effectiveness of community-based management of biocultural diversity.

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International Workshops for Indigenous Leaders

GDF convened a series of international workshops for indigenous peoples’ and community leaders, community researchers, activists, practitioners and scholars. Held prior to the biannual Congresses of the International Society of Ethnobiology, the workshops created spaces of exchange and mutual learning, providing participants with tools to deepen their participation and strengthen their voices at the Congress.