Forest Action: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Tropical Forests (Sub-Saharan & Equatorial Africa).
Traditional forest knowledge for spiritual, ecological and cultural transformation.
We learn how traditional ecological knowledge can form the basis of action and community organisation to defend endangered forests. Participants are exposed to frameworks for environmental activism and rights of nature that draw on indigenous forest knowledge.
29 June 2021:
Workshop 1 led by Olivier Guiryanan on the sacred groves of Gadj Mbo and Dor Ngo Koho in Southern Chad, and how animist beliefs have led to legal protection of trees, especially the shea tree and carob tree.
Workshop 2 led by Alfred Brownell on the Green Advocates International, and the effort to work with indigenous communities in Liberia, amongst other West African countries, to save native forest from land grabs and large-scale extractivism.
9 July 2021:
Workshop 1 led by Janet Maro and Anna Mdee on sustainable agriculture in Tanzania, and community efforts to ensure food justice, security and environmental protection.
Workshop 2 led by Daniel Kobei on the Ogiek forest people of Kenya and their landmark legal victory to defend the Mau Forest Complex.