“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.


“Savanna Fire Management” – WATCH how Traditional Owners in the north Kimberley are taking care of country and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through traditional fire management

This video provides an overview of how Traditional Owners in the north Kimberley are taking care of country and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through traditional fire management. Traditional Owners in the North Kimberley are applying the Carbon Farming Initiative savanna burning methodology to generate carbon credits from early dry season … Continue reading

ABS Workshop Reflection and Exchange in Bangalore

Upon return to Bangalore, the three groups reconvened and welcomed new participants from across India, including traditional healers, researchers, Ayurvedic doctors, and policymakers. After reporting on field trip visit learnings, participants participated in a variety of lectures and panel discussions around ABS and traditional knowledge over the course of the next three days.

ABS Field Trips in Kerala

A group of eight workshop participants from Africa and India including Equator Prinze winners Ms. Nomsa Mabila and Mr. Anoop P.K, traveled to Kerala to gain first-hand knowledge of the application of ABS at the community level shedding light on its opportunities and challenges.

ABS Field Trips in Chennai

The Chennai field visit group – composed of representatives from India, Cameroon, South Africa, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, and the USA including Equator Prize winner Ms. Muhabbat Mamadalieva – visited three different sites over the course of their two-day stay in the state of Tamil Nadu.

ABS Field Trips in Bangalore

The Bangalore group, composed of Francophone representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Germany, India, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, and Togo, including Equator Prize winner Mr. Koku Paul Koto, visited four sites in the Bangalore area to learn about national ABS policy in India and their effect on local communities.

ABS Field Visit to Natural Remedies and Himalaya Drug Company

To gain an understanding of the commercially produced and marked traditional medicinals, on the second day the group visited two well-known Indian pharmaceutical companies. The first, Natural Remedies, is an herbal research-driven company specialized in manufacturing herbal veterinary products, standardized herbal extracts, and herbal supplements.

ABS Field Visit to Transdisciplinary University

The workshop opened at Transdisciplinary University (TDU), an offshoot of the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT). TDU brings together interdisciplinary research across sectors of medicinal plant use, conservation, bioactivity, and clinical efficacy in a single campus.

UNCCD COP12 Officially Opens


The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted its 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in Ankara, Turkey. The conference took place at the Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Decision-makers from 195 member states attended COP12 to discuss solutions to issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).