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What we do

Objectives and Strategies

Where we Work

Current Project Partnerships

Collaborative Projects to Date

What we do

Water • Pastoralism • Livelihoods • Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas • Human Rights • Education • Nature Conservation • Sacred Natural Sites • MDGs • Sustainable Development • Corporate Responsibility • Trade and Globalisation • Economics • Ecological Technologies • Clean Energy Sciences • Wilderness •

Objectives & Strategies

The objectives of the Foundation for GAIA are:

A natural outcome of the Foundation's work is the identification of existing models - or the creation of new ones - which are pivotal in opening up new directions in ecological and global thinking and action. We aim to make documentation on such models available to others as a source of inspiration and practical assistance.

Identify the links between a sustainable environment and sustainable development, economy, health, education and government practices.

• Aid in the divulgation and implementation of efficient clean energy systems that are affordable, universally applicable, sustainable and environmentally safe, whilst harbouring the cultural needs of those involved.

• Identify agricultural and health systems that encompass all levels of the human being and the environment, as well as to help preserve this knowledge for future generations.

• Protect areas of wilderness and of special environmental and/or spiritual importance.

• Research and create projects which foster fair and sustainable economic, social and spiritual environments in which the rights of each individual are respected and which will help individuals, groups and organisations to become self-sufficient.

• Disseminate information on human rights (especially environmental), human rights education and related legislature.

• Collaborate with advocacy groups and coalitions and aid in strategic planning and policy development.

• Encourage specialist Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to participate in and strengthen the work of the United Nations and its agencies, inclusive of the UN Human Rights Council throughout the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), and make use of the available body of international legislature.

• Act as an information hub and liaison between international organisations, educational institutions, NGOs, policy makers and governments. To this end, the Foundation also undertakes educational projects and programmes, often in collaboration with other organisations, using film, audio-visuals, lectures, think-tanks and conferences.

In pursuing these objectives the Foundation for GAIA aims to formulate small, cost-effective programmes and projects, some of which are designed with the participation of specific target groups.

In all cases, research regarding feasibility is carried out before establishing any venture, and systematic follow-up and assistance are provided when and where appropriate. Methods employed in projects have an in-built system of evaluation to allow for continuous monitoring and improvement.

Education is an integral aspect of Foundation for GAIA initiatives. In addition to having practical goals, our projects are also educational in the sense that they aim to bring about a recognition of the ordering intelligence within life and an understanding of how to care wisely for the resources entrusted to humanity. To this end, we also undertake specifically educational programmes using film, video, audio-visuals, lectures, think-tanks and conferences.

Where we work

AFRICA: Niger - Senegal

AMERICAS: Brazil - Canada - Costa Rica - USA

ASIA: India

EUROPE: France - Italy - Scotland - Switzerland - UK


Current Project Partnerships

The Foundation for GAIA was established in 1983 with a mandate to protect the environment.

The phrase “think global, act local” is even more relevant today and the effects of global warming, a legacy of industrialisation, are a pertinent reminder of the detrimental effects that local actions can have on a global scale. It is in this context that local and community-based associations and initiatives are important to the Foundation when working on regional, national or international levels as this allows for a more streamlined and issue-specific approach to information-sharing, networking, campaigning, lobbying, educational strategies and policy-development. Dialogue and exchange of views with all local actors is important, as it is this exchange coupled with expertise and knowledge that contributes to the success of initiatives. It goes without saying that integrity and transparency are important factors when it comes to choosing partnerships.

Partnership has been a key part to our approach since the start. This ‘bridge-building’ allows for more focussed strategic cooperation and networking and easier identification with those organisations that would be better placed to take on a project. We seek to raise awareness of traditional knowledge about sustainable stewarding of the environment, and promote the development of ecological technologies drawing on such ancient and sustainable practices. However, we don’t shy away to also use the new energy sciences when and where appropriate and educate people and policy makers about their advantages. While we often visit areas with the intention of contributing to solutions, we learn much ourselves and a project soon becomes one of mutual collaboration and partnership through dialogue and exchange based on mutual respect. It is this nourishing and fascinating aspect of our work that keeps us being involved with such passion.

We also believe that cooperation and networking are crucial in making our voices heard on international issues such as trade justice or ending poverty, and thus have formed many partnerships with other organisations in order to advocate more successfully for policy change.

Being also situated in Geneva, we are ideally placed to represent such concerns at international forums such as at the United Nations and its various bodies, and work ceaselessly, with our partners, to put environmental and human rights issues on the international agenda.

In summary, the Foundation for GAIA works in partnership with a variety of groups around the world. We support the work of grassroots organisations in the South, as well as networking with global organisations, in order to support them in lobbying, advocacy, networking and capacity building, and to work together to achieve our vision of an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable and equitable world

The Foundation for GAIA works with non-governmental organisation (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), educational institutions, governments and the UN and related agencies, international organisations and policy makers.

Collaborative Projects to date

AH Culturseeder, UK - Associazione Italiana Wilderness, Italy - Association Ousmane Dodo, France/Niger - AUM, USA - Auroville (Aquadyne), India

Biosferios, Spain - Biosperios, Brazil - Borunda Rajastan Project, India

Centre for Human Ecology, Scotland - Comune di Roccasecca (FR), Italy - Communities Against Toxics, UK - Cousteau Society, France - CSVGC, Switzerland

Darou Rahma Eco-village Project, Senegal - Devon Wildlife Trust, UK -

Earth Action, UK - Earth Focus Foundation, Switaerland,  - Earthlife, UK - Earth Link Project, UK - Ecologia Trust, Scotland - Environmental Research, UK

Findhorn Foundation, Scotland - Forum for the Future, UK - Fundação Gaia, Brazil

Geobiology, USA - Global Harmony Foundation, Switzerland - Green Network, UK

Highland Renewal, Scotland

Institute for Planetary Synthesis, Switzerland - International for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ), Switzerland

Mayan Elders, Mexico - Millennium Solidarity, Switzerland

Natural Step, UK - Neotropica Fundación, Costa Rica - Nepal Trust, UK  - Newbold, Scotland

Palpung Munishahan DS, India - PAN Project, Chile - Parco Nazionale della Majella, Italy - Parker Project, Canada

Right Livelihood Awards, Sweden - ROKPA, Italia - ROKPA International, Switzerland - ROKPA, UK

Sacred Earth Trust, India - S.E.E.D.S., UK - SEVEN Ray University, USA - S.H.A.R.E. Foundation, USA - Shaolin, UK - Speaking for Earth, Netherlands

Tara ROKPA College, Scotland - Tergar Institute, India - The Delos Initiative, Spain - The Farm, USA - The New Economics Foundation, UK - S.L. Translation Fund, Scotland

Vera Cruz Project, Mexico

World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA), Switzerland - World Future Council, UK



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