Biocultural Diversity2022-02-04T11:37:57+00:00

Biocultural Diversity Programme  

Biocultural Diversity

Biodiversity, culture and language are deeply intertwined. An understanding of and respect for these relationships is embedded deeply within the beliefs of most Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world and reflected in the way they interact with and as part of nature.

Monocultural approaches – from the way humans grow their food to the way we educate our children to the languages we speak – have profoundly altered the planet’s ecological integrity. 

Image: The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty

Our programme aims to support Indigenous Peoples and local communities to revive, regenerate, celebrate and protect: 

Sacred natural sites and rituals.

Languages and the ancestral environmental knowledge held within them.

Indigenous, locally adapted seed and food systems.

* Images (L to R): eGuide Travel (CC BY 2.0), The Christensen Fund, Shutterstock

“From mountains to rivers, forest groves to coral reefs, springs to wetlands, sacred natural sites are places of special cultural, ecological and spiritual significance, embedded in the territories of indigenous communities. The traditional custodians of these sites