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Who We Are

A consortium of national and international NGOs (Associacion Trashumancia y Naturaleza, DiversEarth, Yolda Initiative, Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Med-INA), Society for Protection of Nature in the Lebanon (SPNL), WWF and with advisory support from IUCN and FFI) have joined forces to undertake a project to assess and support cultural conservation practices in the Mediterranean Basin. Through the project we aim to reinforce traditional practices, techniques and ways of living harmoniously with nature as well as celebrating the ingenuity of people all across the Mediterranean to protect and manage their lands, waters and resources. We hope that this project will contribute to a real revival of such practices so that they remain – or become – robust enough to stand their ground in the 21st century.

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This project is supported and funded in full by MAVA, a Swiss-based philanthropic foundation with an exclusive focus on the conservation of biodiversity. Their philosophy has always been to work through partnerships rather than implement projects in their own right. Click here to visit their website >.

What We Do

Our overall aim is to provide support and recognition to important cultural practices all over the Mediterranean Basin that contribute directly or indirectly to the protection of nature and the sustainable use of natural resources. In the first phase we are researching a broad variety of practices in the following countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Greece and the Balkans, Spain, Portugal, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. All results will be shared through this website.

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