Backing the stewards of cultural and biological diversity/

Issues

In this section we explore some of the subject matter related to biocultural diversity, an intricate and far-reaching field comprised of issues that affect us all. Please click around to learn about some of the issues that motivate our work. For specific information about our grantmaking, please visit our Programs and Funding sections.

Indigenous Rights & Representation

Indigenous Rights & Representation

To sustain the biocultural diversity associated with their ways of life and landscapes, Indigenous Peoples must realize the rights and duties enshrined within UNDRIP; to have self-representation and an effective voice in their future
Gender & Biocultural Diversity

Gender & Biocultural Diversity

Understanding the different roles that men and women play in the maintenance of cultural and biological diversity can strengthen livelihoods for the most vulnerable families, creating more resilient social and ecological systems.
Agrobiodiversity & Food Sovereignty

Agrobiodiversity & Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems in tune with their values, cultures and territories
Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change

Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change

Living closer to the land and sea, Indigenous peoples are hit hard by dramatic changes in climate. Their ancient practices and wisdom, however, are crucial in mitigating the impacts of climate change
Cultural Expressions

Cultural Expressions

Artists - or creative practitioners - enable us to perceive things differently; they are the agents of change and innovation, and they have an unparalleled ability to foster cross-cultural and intergenerational understanding
Resilient Landscapes

Resilient Landscapes

Combining influential landforms; life-giving water bodies; and native species with the crops, structures and sculptures of human culture, landscapes are the living, breathing containers of biocultural diversity
Traditional Knowledge Transfer

Traditional Knowledge Transfer

The wisdom and practices of native communities are expressed through stories, rituals, songs, art and hands-on, ecological practices on the land. Sharing this knowledge is critical for the resilience of biocultural systems
Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites

Around the world, sacred sites play a fundamental role in sustaining healthy ecosystems, maintaining landscape and aesthetic features, and nurturing cultural identity and cohesion