Ordinary people all over the Mediterranean Basin are the keepers of extraordinary ecological knowledge. Understanding and supporting this knowledge and the practices that are based on it is absolutely critical at a time when biodiversity and cultural diversity have never been more threatened.

In a bid to do this, the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture was established. Our partners consist of 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), and WWF, with technical support from IUCN and FFI and financial support of the MAVA Foundation), who have joined forces to undertake, as a first step, 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 initial 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.

If you would like to get involved, or know of any organisation that would like to collaborate with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our current consortium of partners includes:

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DiversEarth


DiversEarth is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Switzerland. It has been established with a specific mandate to assist the custodians and communities of Sacred Natural Sites and other areas of important bio-cultural diversity in their own quests to protect their places.

Their mission is to enhance the protection, management, and restoration of Sacred Natural Sites and other areas of high bio-cultural diversity. We adopt culturally appropriate ways, in partnership with others, to:
– find practical, sustainable solutions for custodians of sacred sites and places of rich bio-cultural diversity
– contribute to research, fieldwork and policy and advocacy
– celebrate and promoting the world’s biological, cultural and spiritual diversity

Their overall goal is to maintain and enhance the natural sanctity of place for meditators, pilgrims, and others seeking the rejuvenating calm of the natural retreat.

Contact this organisation by visiting their website

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MedINA

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.

Get in touch with MedINA through their website or via the following details:
Tel: + 30 210 36 00 711, Fax: + 30 210 36 29 338
Postal address: 23 Voucourestiou Street, 106 71 Athens, Greece
E-mail: info@med-ina.org

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Associacion Transhumancia y Naturaleza


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.

To get in touch with this organisation, please visit their website or use the details provided:

Tel./Fax: (0034) 942 700 753
Address: Apdo. 33, Cabezón de la Sal. 39500 Cantabria (España)
Email: pastores.sinfronteras@pastos.es

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WWF North Africa


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.

Contact the organisation by visiting their website or use the details provided:

Tel: +216 71 707 238
Address: Immeuble ben sassi, avenue Ahmed khabthani, 2080 Ariana, Tunisia
Email: wwftunis@gnet.tn

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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.
Get in touch with Yolda Initiative via the following details:
Tel: +90 549 860 27 66
Postal address: Atatürk Bulvarı 105/604 Çankaya Ankara, Turkey
E-mail: engin@bican.net

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Supporting Partners


We are grateful to have the technical support of IUCN, and Flora & Fauna International, and the financial support from MAVA Foundation.

MAVA Foundation: Dr Luc Hoffmann established MAVA in 1994 as an expression of his long personal commitment to conservation. Its creation anchored a lifetime’s work inside a legal structure, providing a base from which the next Hoffmann generation could continue in the founder’s footsteps. André Hoffmann, his son, became MAVA President in 2010, leading the small team of dedicated people who now make up their organisation.

They are a family-led, Swiss-based philanthropic foundation with an exclusive focus on the conservation of biodiversity. What began as Luc Hoffmann and a part-time assistant, has grown to become one of Europe’s main environmental foundations and a major donor to global conservation.

Visit MAVA’s website here

Flora & Fauna International: Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international conservation organisation. The pioneering work of its founders in Africa led to the creation of numerous protected areas, including Kruger and Serengeti National Parks.

FFI has always been a groundbreaker; it is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice. Their mission is to act to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs.

Visit Flora and Fauna International’s website here

IUCN: Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. We demonstrate how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security.

To deliver conservation and sustainability at both the global and local level, IUCN builds on its strengths in the following areas:
Science – 11,000 experts setting global standards in their fields, for example, the definitive international standard for species extinction risk – the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
Action – hundreds of conservation projects all over the world from the local level to those involving several countries, all aimed at the sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resources.
Influence – through the collective strength of more than 1,200 government and non-governmental Member organizations, IUCN influences international environmental conventions, policies and laws.

Visit IUCN’s website here