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We are a group of institutions, organizations and individuals who believe that valorization of biocultural diversity is an important strategy to promote sustainable, inclusive, competitive and resilient territorial dynamics.
Motivated by a long-term goal geared towards the empowerment of rural populations that have fewer opportunities, we share our know-how along with our network of relations, actors and initiatives in Latin America, Europe, Africa and other regions around the World.
We encourage and accompany processes of promotion and valuation of natural and cultural resources, local food and culinary heritage, knowledge, identities and other tangible and intangible cultural expressions.
We generate new forms of knowledge, systematize and disseminate best practices focused on the conservation and enhancement of biocultural diversity, and the agro-ecological management of natural resources.
We carry out education and training activities, promoting systematic processes aimed at capacity expansion in terms of territorial governance and the innovative management of natural and cultural assets.
We encourage the strengthening of the territorial business structure and public/private partnerships that help maximize the comparative and competitive advantages offered by biocultural diversity.
We place the issue into the public agenda in order to expand its reach and impact.
By pooling together our different know-how and skills, built up over numerous years of experience – we offer the following:
- a critical mass of experience garnered from various regions of the world (presidia; food communities; convivia; territorial laboratories and learning territories) where it is possible to appreciate - in specific terms - the progress and challenges of biocultural territorial development processes;
- a range of learning systems that recognize and value traditional knowledge, mobilizing local know-how and talents, in coordination with formal systems of knowledge (training courses; diplomas; taste workshops; internships and guided exchange programmes; learning paths; workshops, and other educational activities), with an emphasis placed on women and young people;
- a range of endorsed tools (agreed territorial agendas; the cataloguing and mapping of assets, actors and enterprises; local innovation contests; product promotion; baskets of quality local goods and services; territorial brands, and corporate territorial responsibility, among others).
- the installed capacity to design and evaluate projects, conduct research and process findings - along with pragmatic experiences - in instruments for action and spaces for visibility, positioning and advocacy (fairs and exhibitions; forums, multimedia products; publications; seminars and others).
The Biocultural Diversity and Territory Platform implements agreements and collaboration accords, services, coordination and strategic alliances around specific initiatives with the following entities: rural communities; producer organizations and small entrepreneurs; territorial networks; private firms; public institutions and programmes; national and sub-national governments; universities and research centres; training schools: international cooperation agencies; NGOs and foundations; and citizens’ movements.