New textbook, “UNESCO Biosphere Reserves”

Published September 11th and edited by Dr.s Maureen Reed and Martin Price, “UNESCO Biosphere Reserves-Supporting Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability and Society” details the importance of Biosphere Reserves, their history and evolution, and lessons that can be learned from them. The book is broken into three parts; Conceptual and Practical Foundations of the International Man and Biosphere…

UF Center for Latin American Studies Conference Seeking Submissions

The University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies has announced their conference, “Being on Earth: Territorios, Soundscapes, Biocultural Diversity, and Relationships” and is seeking proposals. Participants from a broad range of fields are welcome to present at this conference and discuss “what it means to be on Earth in an era of radical social-ecological…

Interview with Mongolian activist Bayarjargal Agvaantseren

Yale360 interviewed Mongolian activist Bayarjargal Agvaantseren to learn how she worked with indigenous peoples, specifically goat herders, to better protect snow leopards. Agvaantseren is the founder of the Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation and was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work this year. In the interview, Agvaantseren discusses the threats snow leopards face, the…

Call for Submissions: Plant Medicine in Settler Colonial Contexts for TEA

The Ethnobotanical Assembly seeks submissions for  an upcoming series on Plant Medicine in Settler Colonial Contexts. They seek, “…contributions that work among the intersections of plant medicine, Indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, and global wellbeing in order to reimagine what kinds of questions about health and plant medicine are possible, necessary, and productive today.” Essays, photographs, videos,…

Local Biodiversity Outlooks: Call for case studies from indigenous peoples and local community organizations

Forest Peoples Programmes seeks cases studies from all indigenous peoples and local communities with examples, stories, cases, information and data for the second edition of Local Biodiversity Outlooks. As stated on their website, “Local Biodiversity Outlooks are an opportunity for all organisations and networks of indigenous peoples’ and local communities working on biodiversity issues to…

Mongabay Article on Ecuador’s Sápara

The popular environmental news site Mongabay published an article today on the threats facing the Sápara of Ecuador. The Sápara occupy a region of incredible biodiversity, and UNESCO has named their language and traditions as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” There is considerable risk for the Sápara’s knowledge of the rainforest to disappear along…