Regional Academies

Regional Academies bring together participants  to address  issues specific to their shared geographical regions and to share solutions for environmental resilience, ecological restoration and community adaptation to change. They are co-organised between GEN alumni and the GDF team.

To date we have organised four Regional Academies in Peru (2019), Morocco (2018), Canada (2017), and the Dominican Republic (2015).

We are currently planning Regional Academies in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Nicaragua.

The Latin American School for Food Systems Resilience (ALLSA 2019) ‘Transformative socio-environmental learning: fostering food systems innovation grounded in local knowledge’ took place from 14 to 25 September 2019 at Hacienda Paukartika in the district of Lamay, Cusco, Peru. The event was co-created and organised by a multidisciplinary team of participants from GEN academies, in close collaboration with the ANDES association, a non-profit involved in recognising and strengthening traditional community rights over biocultural resources. The academy focused on socio-ecological systems as ways to re-calibrate the relationship between man and nature, examining the possibilities for transforming the way to produce and consume food, and assessing food security and food sovereignty.

Carrying the theme Community-based management in the Mediterranean: innovations in socio-environmental research and action, the first Mediterranean Environments Regional Academy (MERA) was held from 2 to 11 November 2018 in Morocco. MERA focused on the relationships between nature and culture in the Mediterranean, in particular on the role of community-based resource management systems in maintaining the unique landscapes/seascapes and biocultural diversity of the region.

Held from 10 to 17 June 2017 at Glimpse Lake, British Columbia, Canada, the Okanagan Land-based Environmental Leadership Camp gathered Indigenous youth aged between 18 and 30 interested in building their capacity to advocate for and protect the lands and waters of their territories. The event took place at Glimpse Lake, on Syilx territory (Upper Nicola Band), jointly organised by Global Diversity Foundation’s North America Programme and IndigenEYEZ, an Indigenous youth empowerment organisation based in the Okanagan with years of experience working to positively transform relationships to self, community, and the world. The camp was organised with the support of the Upper Nicola Band and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

The first Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership (ALLSA) 2015 (1a Academia Latinoamericana de Liderazgo Socio-ambiental) was held in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, 13–22 November 2015. Entitled Transformative Environmental Learning: Our relationships with biocultural landscapes, the Academy gathered 35 participants and facilitators from 13 countries in the beautiful natural landscape of Jarabacoa in a co-learning space empowering young socio-environmental leaders to act and inspire!