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
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
Society for the Protection of Nature Lebanon
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.
To get in touch with this organisation, please visit their website or use the following details:
Tel: 00961 1 343 740 / 00961 1 344 814
Address: Awad Bldg, 6th Floor, Abdel Aziz Street, P.O.Box: 11-5665, Beirut, Lebanon
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)
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
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
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