Five organisations from different shores of the Mediterranean along with Swiss-based DiversEarth as coordinator, came together to work towards a common goal: to understand, support and celebrate persisting cultural practices throughout the Basin that either directly or indirectly benefit nature and biodiversity.
We aim to reinforce those threatened cultural 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.
We are supported financially by the MAVA Foundation, Switzerland.
Principles for our Collaboration
The Consortium is made up of 6 different partners with diverse interests, expertise, areas of focus and approach. We endeavored to embrace and learn from this diversity, while uniting under common principles and approaches.
These overarching principles are outlined below:
- Our collaboration should not be ‘business as usual’
- We are 6 organisations operating separately, but pulling together
- We are 6 organisations operating differently, but with the same spirit
- Our collaboration should amount to more than the sum of our individual parts
- We embrace ways of working that are thoughtful, respectful, sensible, sensitive, appropriate and meaningful…
- We are open to learn from each other, and from the communities we work with
- We will create space for learning and reflection
- We will be creative to reach new audiences
Our current (and founding) partners are:
Our mission is to contribute to a harmonious relationship between Nature and Anthropos (Humankind), particularly in the Mediterranean Region, through research, action and awareness raising.
The Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) was legally established in September 2003 as a non-profit organization, based in Athens, Greece. Its mission is to contribute to a harmonious relationship between Anthropos (Humankind) and Nature by working at the interface of nature and culture, particularly in the Mediterranean region, through research, action and awareness raising.
Its work aims at contributing to the following broad objectives:
- Encouraging a better understanding of the inextricable relationship between nature and culture.
- Developing integrated approaches to the management and conservation of natural and cultural heritage.
- Promoting, supporting and applying best practices specifically related to the wise use of natural resources and cultural heritage.
- Encouraging a greater integration among the complex and interacting components of sustainability, namely culture, environment, society and economy.
Its scientific secretariat is made up of a multidisciplinary group of scientists. Among its many partnerships, MedINA participates in the DELOS Initiative of IUCN, the Ramsar Culture Working Group and is a member of CIVILSCAPE. It also collaborates with UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, the MedWet Initiative and many others.
Associacion Transhumancia y Naturaleza
We support the conservation of nomadic and transhumant cultures that protect the biological diversity of the environment of our planet.
In the 1992 “Earth Summit” held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the United Nations called on the governments and citizens of the world to find solutions to protect the environment, improve the quality of life and preserve traditional cultures, genetic diversity and natural resources.
The Association’s main objective is the preservation of cattle trails or streams, as ecological corridors linking the southern and northern points of the Iberian Peninsula, through the promotion of traditional activities such as migration, and the implementation of alternative uses to promote the active involvement of the rural population.
Our association promotes the migration of farmers with their flocks passing by streams, for the recovery of the National Network of cattle trails, under the Biodiversity Convention ( Art.8 j). The Association dedicates its efforts to strengthen the administrative, cultural and social efforts to prevent the serious impact that the disappearance of transhumance would represent for the Iberian ecosystems, which is of exceptional international importance. The challenge for the future is to design new models of development truly compatible with the use of the cattle trails by livestock. Multifunctionality is notable in representing networks cattle trails as territorial units, characterized by both its connectivity as presented by the relationship with their immediate surroundings. The conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of ecological corridors between sites of Community importance of the Natura 2000 network depends largely on the recovery of the traditional practices of itinerant grazing and seasonal movement of migratory native breeds of livestock through satellite.
Society for the Protection of Nature Lebanon
We aim to protect nature, birds and biodiversity in Lebanon and to promote sustainable use of resources with people through reviving the concept of Al Hima.
Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL is one of the oldest environmental NGOs in Lebanon. It was established in 1983 under the Lebanese Laws, and licensed by the Ministry of Interior by decision no. 6/AD dated 8/1/1986.
The organisation is the national partner for BirdLife International in Lebanon. It considers birds as entry points for the conservation of wider natural resources, as they act as key indicators of the status and health of ecosystems.
Ever since its establishment in 1986, SPNL advocated the establishment of protected areas and initiated with the Ministry of Environment the protected areas in Lebanon. After twenty years of experience working with nature reserves through government agencies, SPNL is now reviving and advocating the Hima community based conservation approach that has been prevalent in the Arabic region for more than 1500 years.
SPNL has a long experience in scientific research (mainly avifauna and biodiversity), education and awareness, advocacy and networking, and community development.
Tel: 00961 1 343 740 / 00961 1 344 814
Awad Bldg, 6th Floor, Abdel Aziz Street, P.O.Box: 11-5665, Beirut, Lebanon
WWF North Africa
We’re working across the Mediterranean to protect the landscapes and seascapes we all love, and to make sure nature and people can thrive together – now and always.
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
In order to achieve this mission, WWF focuses its efforts on two broad areas: Biodiversity and Footprint
The first, is to ensure that the earth’s web of life – biodiversity – stays healthy and vibrant for generations to come. We are strategically focusing on conserving critical places and critical species that are particularly important for the conservation of our earth’s rich biodiversity.
The second, is to reduce the negative impacts of human activity – our ecological footprint. We are working to ensure that the natural resources required for life -land, water, air – are managed sustainably and equitably.
Yolda, meaning “on the Road” – we conduct research, protection and promotion activities on nature and nature-friendly lifestyles.
Yolda Initiative is a non profit, non-governmental organization based in Turkey. It works for conservation of biodiversity through science, policy, communication and partnerships.
Being the basis of life, biodiversity shapes the lifestyle and culture of human beings. Nature, therefore, cannot be seen as separate from culture. They are both integral parts of an ecosystem we all beings share. Natural and cultural diversity in fact face a common threat, which is the adverse impact of human activity. Thus Yolda works also for conservation of the lifestyles and cultures respecting the Earth’s fragile ecosystem.
We work at the special interface between Nature, Culture and Spirit. We support and celebrate innovative cultural practices that benefit nature and biodiversity around the world.
DiversEarth is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Switzerland.
They believe that through reconnecting with nature, a #ValuesShift, each individual can become a guardian for this planet, moving towards a way of being that is beneficial for all.
Lending a hand to people who, through their lifestyles, cultures and beliefs protect nature and its resources, DiversEarth works with custodians of lands and waters to enhance the protection, management, and restoration of Sacred Natural Sites; supports and celebrates innovative cultural practices that benefit nature and biodiversity around the world, and engages with faith-based leaders, communities and networks to find culturally appropriate ways of protecting the natural world.
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