“To Be ‘Hawi’ Is To Be Active – Like Fire.” WATCH How One Community in Ethiopia is Being “Hawi” Against Climate Change.

The video below features Equator Prize 2012 winners from the Abrha Weatshba community in Ethiopia. It was produced by the Sustainability Institute (SI) with the generous support of the Open Society Foundation. SI’s aim is to raise awareness on the challenges facing the African Food Systems and initiating interest in doing postgraduate research on related food systems topics using transdisciplinary methodology.


To learn more, please visit foodrev.net/research-stories or sustainabilityinstitute.net. To access the case study on the Abrha Weatshba community, please click here.


Field Visits in Bangalore: Natural Remedies & Himalaya Drug Company, Day 2

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Workshop participants started their field visits with trips to two well-known Indian natural remedy manufacturers – Natural Remedies and Himalayan Drug Company. First up was Natural Remedies, an herbal research-driven company specialized in manufacturing herbal veterinary products, standardized herbal extracts, and herbal supplements. The company uses … Continue reading

Oct 12-23: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 12)

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12th Session of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP) will take place in Turkey in October. Representatives from 195 member states will discuss desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in preparation for UNFCCC in Paris in December.

Day 1 – CBD Training Workshop – Community Protocols Under the Nagoya Protocol

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The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the International Indigenous Forum (IIFB), Forest People Programme (FPP), Natural Justice (NJ), SwedBio, and Sotzil Association, hosted a training workshop on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, within the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, from 8 to 10 June in Panajachel, Guatemala. Day 1 of the workshop focused on Community Protocols under the Nagoya Protocol.

Day 1 – CBD Dialogue Workshop – What is Collective Action

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The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) hosted a dialogue workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization, in Panajachel, Guatemala, from 11-13 June 2015. Day 1 of the workshop delegates focused on sharing views on collective action and learning about the financial reporting under the CBD.