Global Program

The Global Program complements the work of our regional programs by addressing key policy and conceptual challenges through linking grassroots steward...

The Global Program complements the work of our regional programs by addressing key policy and conceptual challenges through linking grassroots stewards and activists with global institutions, thought leaders and policy processes. We support opportunities for impact through new media; collaborations between Indigenous Peoples, local communities, scientists, international agency officials and policy specialists; and programs to enable Indigenous Peoples and local communities to network, travel and train together in order to share what they are learning at a local level.

To increase the understanding of the interdependence between biological and cultural diversity, and the importance of local stewards and Indigenous Peoples in the maintenance of this diversity, the Global Program focusses on three primary themes:

Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Biocultural Rights and Representation

  • Support the vital role that Indigenous Peoples and local communities play in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and in the maintenance of traditional knowledge, identity and well-being.
  • Ensure that the international discourse on biocultural rights (including rights related to land, territory, culture, language, livelihoods, sovereignty, self-determination and/or development), includes the knowledge, views and authentic representation and participation of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
  • Support concrete implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and related feedback processes to regional and international arenas including the development of practical tools to promote, document and systemize UNDRIP locally, regionally and globally.
  • Support the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to better defend their biocultural rights.

Resilient Biocultural Landscapes

  • Develop and strengthen legal and policy frameworks for the protection and continued custodianship by Indigenous and local peoples of their cultural landscapes and traditional territories.
  • Support communities to apply and share Indigenous landscape management and community development tools, while enhancing the application of ‘resilience thinking’ in these contexts.
  • Raise public awareness of the importance of sacred sites in maintaining resilient biocultural landscapes at local, regional and global levels.
  • Connect the guardians of sacred sites and biocultural landscapes for mutual support, learning, and networking opportunities.

Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty

  • Link Indigenous and local organizations with other social movements and interested scientists to advance and mainstream agroecological, sustainable and resilient approaches to food and agriculture.
  • Develop global, regional, and local policies and institutions that defend community land tenure and the rights of Indigenous Peoples to determine their own food systems and economies.
  • Develop and integrate conceptual and policy tools for agrobiodiversity and agroecosystem methodologies into development work.

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Sanjay Bavikatte

Sanjay Bavikatte

Executive Director
Kyra Busch

Kyra Busch

Program Officer, Agrobiodiversity & Resilient Biocultural Landscapes
Stanislava Stancheva

Stanislava Stancheva

Grants Officer, Compliance and Philanthropic Practices