Policy for Biocultural Diversity: Where Are We Now?


Article: Policy Matters, Issue 17. Policy for Biocultural Diversity: Where are we now? by Luisa Maffi. A brief history of the work that has been done to implement BCD into policy over the past 15 years. “It is arguably critical for advocates of biocultural diversity to continue to rise to the challenge and strive for concrete steps forward at the international and national levels that can, in turn, support and be influenced by local initiatives for biocultural diversity conservation.”

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Sanjay Khanna: Nature, Culture and Climate Change

Sanjay Khanna interviews Luisa Maffi for the Huffington Post.

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Talking to the clouds and listening to the trees – National Geographic News Watch

By David Braun

Tofino, Canada–Sometimes it really is a case of not being able to see the woods for the trees. Or is it the other way round?

I attended recently a congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology, in Tofino, Canada–guest of The Christensen Fund, a Canada-based charity that supports stewards of cultural and biological diversity.

Getting there is a bit of an adventure, even in this age of rapid mechanized transport. It involves a couple of flights, a ferry, and a long drive on a winding road through the Vancouver Island Ranges.

There’s plenty of time for a pilgrim to admire the magnificent bays and inlets, the snow-capped peaks, and the ancient temperate rain forests, some of them containing cedars that were already many centuries old when the first European explorers first saw them hundreds of years ago. Yet the seeds of these awesome trees sprouted when First Nations like Nuu-chah-nulth had been on the island for millennia already.

There’s plenty of time to think on such a journey–and something on my mind a lot was our relationship to such an ecosystem of ancient trees and peoples.

Biocultural diversity is a concept that had not meant too much to me before I

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