Langscape, Volume II, Issue 9

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The theme for this issue is our growing “community of practice” in biocultural diversity conservation–a movement that started with the publication of our book Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook in 2010, and has continued since then through our dedicated portal www.terralingua.org/bcdconservation, an online space that keeps the Sourcebook project vibrant, evolving, and interactive. Our editor Ortixia Dilts has drawn from the amazing global pool of dedicated biocultural conservationists who have contributed to both the print and online versions of the Sourcebook. This issue features articles spanning from South Africa to Italy to Costa Rica and describes the latest projects that we added to the portal.

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Terralingua’s Biocultural E-Magazine Focuses on Key Issues of Linguistic Diversity

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What is linguistic diversity, and why is it so important? The current issue of Terralingua’s E-Magazine, Langscape, “The Case for Linguistic Diversity”, sheds light on these questions and illuminates them with new insights. This issue introduces our readers to one of Terralingua’s innovative projects, the Index of Linguistic Diversity (ILD), and provides a comprehensive companion to the work of ILD developers David Harmon and Jonathan Loh. “If linguistic diversity is part and parcel of the diversity of life in nature and culture, then any loss in linguistic diversity is a loss in the vitality and resilience of the whole web of life.” Luisa Maffi, from Introduction to Langscape 8.

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Policy for Biocultural Diversity: Where Are We Now?

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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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