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Global Diversity Foundation promotes and sustains cultural, biological and agricultural diversity around the world through the development and use of applied research, training and social action.
Global Diversity Foundation was founded in November 1999 by ethnobiologist and executive director Gary J. Martin and obtained charitable status from the Charity Commission of England and Wales in May 2000. It was registered as a non-profit in the United States in 2006.
GDF works in areas of biocultural richness: habitats where people and environments have evolved together over many generations. Our community and conservation initiatives build on local traditions and knowledge to secure education, health, nutrition and other basic human rights for marginalised peoples.
We have opted for a geographical spread that allows us to assess the impact of globalisation on communities and landscapes under diverse conditions. These starkly contrasting cultures and environments are changing in the face of climate change, migration, economic integration, urbanisation and social inequality.
We focus on regions where GDF staff has resided and worked for many years, developing specialist knowledge and close relationships with local people and institutions.
We always work over the long-term in collaboration with local partners.
Our research and education programmes target critical contemporary issues such as wildlife trade, people-park conflicts and community-based natural resource management.
We also support grassroots projects that use innovative approaches to achieve quantifiable results. With an emphasis on feasibility and sustainability, we focus on small-scale initiatives that can be replicated elsewhere.