- Terralingua works to sustain the biocultural diversity of life — the world’s precious heritage of biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity — through an innovative program of research, education, policy-relevant work, and on-the-ground action.
- Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) is founded on the belief that our future depends upon us understanding, respecting and building upon our planet’s great diversity. GDF’s goal is to protect biocultural diversity and enhance socio-ecological wellbeing. We nurture action and reflection that promotes dignity for human and non-human beings by raising awareness, building resilience and fostering innovation and collaboration across scales.
- The Christensen Fund (TCF) believes in the power of biological and cultural diversity to sustain and enrich a world faced with great change and uncertainty. TCF focuses on the biocultural – the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology. TCF buttresses the efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient.
- The Swift Foundation supports local stewards and their allies who are dedicated to protecting biological and cultural diversity, building resilience amidst climate change and restoring the health and dignity of communities globally.
- IUCN’s Bio-Cultural Diversity Program – IUCN seeks to support conservation of the world’s cultural diversity and of traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous and traditional peoples. To this end, IUCN works actively in international fora such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
- The International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) is a global, collaborative network of individuals and organizations working to preserve vital links between human societies and the natural world.
- CBD Article 8(j) – Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognizes the dependency of indigenous and local communities on biological diversity and the unique role of indigenous and local communities in conserving life on Earth. This recognition is enshrined in the preamble of the Convention and in its provisions. It is for this reason that in Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Parties have undertaken to respect, preserve and maintain the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for the conservation of biological diversity and to promote their wider application with the approval of knowledge holders and to encourage equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological diversity.
- UNESCO Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Program (LINKS) is an interdisciplinary initiative that works to secure an active and equitable role for local communities in resource management;to strengthen knowledge transmission across and within generations; to explore pathways to balance community-based knowledge with global knowledge in formal and non-formal education; to support the meaningful inclusion of local and indigenous knowledge in biodiversity conservation and management, and climate change assessment and adaptation.
- The Gaia Foundation is passionate about regenerating cultural and biological diversity, and restoring a respectful relationship with the Earth. Together with long-term partners in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, it works with local communities to secure land, seed, food and water sovereignty. By reviving indigenous knowledge and protecting sacred natural sites, local self-governance is strengthened. This enables communities to become more resilient to climate change and the industrial processes which have caused the many crises we now face.
- Since 1984, Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project has produced a variety of media and educational materials — films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, reports, school curricula materials and Web content — to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice. Our mission is to use film, journalism and education to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and help protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices.
- The Sacred Natural Sites Initiative works with custodians, traditional knowledge holders, conservationists, academics and others in support of the conservation and revitalization of Sacred Natural Sites and Territories.
- The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA) is a global network of experts including conservation professionals, heritage practitioners, policy makers, academics, government representatives, community members, custodians, and representatives of religious organisations.
- Land is Life is a coalition on the frontlines of safeguarding the rights of indigenous peoples to protect lands, cultures, and biodiversity for all of humanity
- International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is an international, non-governmental human rights organization. We support indigenous peoples’ struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development.
- Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience since 1972.
- Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, helping them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.
- Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled worldwide.
- Forest Peoples Programme supports the rights of peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods. We work to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change
- The Indigenous Peoples’ Bio cultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA) has emerged as an innovative response, bringing together indigenous knowledge and science in a process which links bio cultural realities with complex global processes.
- The UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative seeks to build greater understanding and facilitate awareness of traditional knowledge (TK) to inform action by indigenous peoples, local communities and domestic and international policy makers. Key outputs include research activities, policy studies, capacity development and online learning and dissemination. TKI has a particular focus on climate change.
- Winner of the prestigious Worldwide Fund for Nature 2002 ‘Panda Prize’ for best national ecological project, Snowchange is a network of local and Indigenous cultures around the world.
- Conversations with the Earth (CWE) is a way of listening closely to traditional custodians of the world’s biocultural diversity and sharing their unique stories via world class multi-media exhibitions, video screening festivals and educational mobile exhibits, in order to raise global awareness and inform global and local responses to multiple environmental challenges.