Mission: The global diversity foundation promotes agricultural, biological and cultural diversity around the world through research, training and social action. We conduct appplied research and provide training on biocultural diversity at specific field sites in africa, asia, and latin america. Our community and conservation projects build on local traditions and knowledge to secure education, health, nutrition and other basic human rights for marginalized peoples. In collaboration with diverse institutions, we support the participation of a wide range of community members -- including children, young adults, and elders -- in our research and development programs. Areas of specific focus include the continuity of ethnobiological knowledge, community access to biological resources, adaptation to environmental and social change, and the conservation of biolgical and cultural diversity. We bring these concerns to a wider public through international courses, publications and our website.
Programs: 1. International program this program seeks to assess and strengthen the role of community conservation initiatives in safeguarding biocultural diversity from local levels to a global scale. The goal is to broaden gdf's focus on grassroots community conservation initiative, environmental justice, and the empowerment of indigenous community researchers. 2. International training training and strategy-building events to promote learning and discussion of contemporary issues in biocultural diversity, environment and society. The intent is to raise awareness and the capacity to document and promote biocultural divesity through courses, workshops and other events.