Programme Reports

Regional Programme reports


Cultural Practices of Conservation in the High Atlas

The landscapes of the Moroccan High Atlas have been shaped by close relationships between humans and natural environments for millennia. These cultural landscapes are maintained by the traditional practices of the Amazigh indigenous peoples who manage them. These practices support a regional biodiversity hotspot and ensure social and ecological resilience. This public report, a short summary of the research carried out in the High Atlas and the result of 300 interviews and 15 focus groups over two years, aims to increase understanding about the importance of these practices.


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.


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.


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.



International Programme reports

Global Diversity Foundation 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, these workshops created spaces of exchange and mutual learning, providing participants with tools to deepen their participation and strengthen their voices at the congress.


Conservation by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Advances in Participatory Action Research, Dissemination and Advocacy

The 13th Congress of the International Society for Ethnobiology met in May 2012 in Montpellier, France. Three civil society organisations, BEDE, ICCA Consortium and Global Diversity Foundation, convened a pre-Congress workshop on advances in participatory action research, dissemination, and advocacy. Delegates were representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities active in these areas, supported by researchers and field experts.

Reports are also available in French and Spanish.


Community Conservation in Practice

In May 2010, the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF-US), in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), sponsored a workshop on contemporary concepts and experiences in community conservation, held prior to the 12th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress, in Tofino, British Columbia. Entitled Community Conservation in Practice, it brought together representatives of indigenous and local communities involved in community based conservation with representatives of non-governmental organizations, funding organizations, academics, and United Nations organizations to explore international and national policies and exemplary case studies of community conservation.