Forest Action: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Tropical Forests (Sub-Saharan & Equatorial Africa).

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Forest Action: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Tropical Forests (Sub-Saharan & Equatorial Africa).

Guardians of the Forest Online Event with Radiatu Haja Sheriff-Kahnplaye, Alfred Brownell, Olivier Guiryanan, Janet Maro, Daniel Kobei, Anna Mdee

Traditional forest knowledge for spiritual, ecological and cultural transformation.

Wednesday 30th June to Wednesday 7th July, 2021 Online Event

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Forest Action: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Tropical Forests (Sub-Saharan & Equatorial Africa).

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.

Wednesday 30th June to Wednesday 7th July, 2021 Online Event

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Guardians of the Forest

A unique online course in somatic, spiritual and practical approaches to forest care with practitioners from communities in 30 nations around the world.

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Radiatu Haja Sheriff-Kahnplaye #

Radiatu Haja Sheriff-Kahnplaye is a Liberian environmentalist.

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Alfred Brownell #

Alfred Brownell is a Liberian environmental activist and lawyer.

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Olivier Guiryanan #

Olivier Guiryanan is the Executive Director of BUCOFORE, an action research centre based in N’Djamena, Chad.

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Janet Maro #

Janet Maro is a leading Tanzanian social entrepreneur and agroecologist.

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Daniel Kobei #

Daniel Kobei is the Founder and Executive Director of Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP), a Kenyan-based NGO working to secure human and land rights of the indigenous Ogiek community and other Indigenous Peoples (IPs) across Kenya and Africa.

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Anna Mdee #

Anna Mdee is Professor in the Politics of Global Development at the University of Leeds.

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