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Germany

Global Marshall The Global Marshall Plan Initiative, Germany

First devised by former American Vice-President Al Gore in his bestselling book “Earth in the Balance” the Global Marshall Plan Initiative is aiming at improved and binding frameworks for the global economy to create balance between economy, environment, society and culture. To achieve this the Global Marshall Plan combines a functional and coherent global governance structure with appropriate reforms and intelligent intelinking of UN, WTO, IMF, World Bank and ILO and UNEP standards with the raising of an additional 100 billion US$ a year in order to co-finance development. The Global Marshall Plan aims at a better design of globalization and of world economic processes in terms of a worldwide Ecosocial Market Economy, which meets the expectation of sustainability of economic as well as social and ecological policies. This involves an improved global structural framework including sustainable development, elimination of poverty, environmental protection and equity.

“ Where there is a Will there is a Way” Speakers Corner: Essay by Vita de Waal

 

Italy

wilderness Associazione Italiana Wilderness - AIW

The Foundation for GAIA and AIW have been collaborating since 1985. The founder of AIW, Mr Zunino, is one of the Trustees on the Board of the Fdt for Gaia and as such assures that the Wilderness aspect within our work is at all times given careful and expert attention and our networking and capacity building strength is available to support the Associazione Italiana della Wilderness' programmes.

2009 Projects
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas:
Contribution to Documenti Wilderness about SNS


roccaseccaRoccasecca

The City of Roccasecca in the province of Frosinone, Lazio region, is equally distanced from Rome and Naples and situated between two extremely well-known Benedictine Monasteries: the Abbey of Monte Casssino and the Monasteries in Subiaco, Roccasecca is famous for being Tommaso d'Aquino's birthplace.

2009 Projects:
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas: The Eremi of Roccasecca

 

parco_nazionale_majellaParco Nazionale della Majella
The Parco Nazionale della Majella is one of the three National Parks in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is made up of 7 national state reserves extending over 3 provinces around the mountain massifs of the Majella and the Morrone totalling 74'095 ha with 36 towns having part of its boundaries within the Park and 3 towns being within it. With 5 museums, 2 botanical gardens it is associaciated with 8 major Italian universities and research centres. It has IUCN category II, PAN-Park and Federpark status. The Foundation for Gaia has been instrumental, as member of the CSVPA/WCPA Expert Group, in taking up this Park as a study case for Sacred Natural Site (SNS) recognition due to its noteworthy natural, cultural and spiritual heritage.

2009 Projects
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas: The Sites of the Parco Nazionale della Majella, Abruzzo, Italy

 

Netherlands

earthSpeaking4Earth

Speaking4Earth is an initiative from NCIV Nederlands Centrum voor Inheemse Volken (The Netherlands Center for Indigenous Peoples) It is an international internet portal available to indigenous people, considered among the poorest of the world. The information on this website is written by the indigenous peoples themselves, and is only sometimes complemented or improved by foreign authors. Texts are translated by external translators and may slightly differ from each other. News items are never translated. Since its inception the Foundation for Gaia has been one of speaking4Earth 60 partners.
Project: Ongoing

 

nciv NCIV

NCIV - Nederlands Centrum voor Inheemse Volken (The Netherlands Center for Indigenous Peoples) is an organisation dedicated to the survival of culture, language and environment of approximately 300 million indigenous peoples representing the world's rich diversity of cultures, language and spirituality while under their sustainable stewardship their traditional territories are areas with the highest biological diversity on this planet. As a support group NCIV works to raise awareness, visibility and to assist them. The Foundation for Gaia has been actively involved with indigenous issues since 1988 and answered NCIV's call to join in partnership.
Project: Ongoing

 

Scotland

csvpaCSVPA

The world's protected areas are the greatest legacy we can leave to future generations - to ensure that our descendants have access to nature and all the material and spiritual wealth that it represents. The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world's premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by the IUCN and has over 1,400 members, spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors; by providing strategic advice to policy makers; by strengthening capacity and investment in protected areas; and by convening the diverse constituency of protected area stakeholders to address challenging issues. CSVPA seeks to identify, define, and provide guidelines for managing the cultural and spiritual dimensions of protected areas. The IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas was established in 1998 and changed status from a Task Force (4 year mandate) to a Specialist Group (permanent mandate) in 2009. The Specialist Group is composed of approximately 100 General Members from 24 countries.

2009 Projects
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas:
The Sites of the Parco Nazionale della Majella, Abruzzo, Italy
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findhorn Findhorn Foundation – Ecovillage
Findhorn Ecovillage looks at sustainability not only in environmental terms, but also in social, economic and spiritual terms. Within the Findhorn Ecovillage at The Park, sustainable values are expressed in the built environment with ecological houses, innovative use of building materials such as local stone and straw bales, beauty in the architecture and gardens, and applied technology in the Living Machine sewage treatment facility and electricity-generating wind turbines. Sustainable values are also expressed in the community's social, economic and educational initiatives.

2009 Projects
Side-Event during 11th Session of Human Rights Council, UN, Geneva Swizerland
Public Event:   Ecoquartiers et EcoAttitude Genève, Swizerland

 


Spain

DELOSThe Delos Initiative

The Delos Initiative focuses on the sacred natural sites in developed countries throughout the world. Its main purpose is to help maintain the sanctity and the biodiversity of sacred natural sites in developed countries throughout the world. and to increase the understanding of the complex relationships between spiritual / cultural and natural values.

2009 Projects
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas in Developed Countries:


Switzerland

csvgcCSVGC
A NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns at the United Nations

The CSVGC is a UN NGO Committee under CoNGO. The Committee wishes to facilitate dialogue by bringing people together to inspire an increased awareness of individual and common responsibilities in order to address global concerns and universal values. The CSVGC Committee aims at enhancing the spiritual dimension in all areas of the United Nations agenda and of public policy. The Committee seeks to make a contribution to the spiritual dimension, values and rights based perspectives of the work of the United Nations agenda. The Foundation for GAIA has been involved with CSVGC since 2004.

2009 Projects:

Cultural and Spiritual Sites of the Parco Nazionale della Majella, Abruzzo, Italy

Sponsorship of a new Website

 

earthfocus Earth Focus Foundation

The Earth Focus Foundation is a Swiss foundation, which is continuing the work with young people started within  the renowned Bellerive Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to empower youth to take on roles in which they actively create a more sustainable world. Earth Focus provides a platform to encourage youth to express their views on the environment and solutions to ecological problems and serves as a voice to promote these views to other youth as well as to the public.
Projects – Public Events
June 2009 - Conference at the  Geneva Buddhism Conference Centre on 'Spirituality and the Environment' - Geneva, Switzerland - Talk by Vita de Waal on 'Spirituality and the Environment' (PDF)
CICG - 19 September 2008 "Peace and Sustainable Development" - Vita de Waal on  (PDF)
CICG - 17 April 2008

 

0clip_image002 ICV Volunteers

ICVolunteers is an international non-profit organization specialized in the field of communications, in particular languages, communication technologies and conference support. . With headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), ICVolunteers has offices and permanent representation in a number of other countries, including France, Spain, South Africa, Mali, Japan and Brazil. Vita de Waal of he Foundation for GAIA has on various occassions given of her time to talk at conferences organised in Geneva by ICV, especially when schools and students were present, as the Foundations deems the educational aspect to be important with regards to environmental issues.

Projects 2009
Geneva Buddhism Conference Centre - June 2009 - Conference at the  on 'Spirituality and the Environment' - Geneva, Switzerland - Talk by Vita de Waal on 'Spirituality and the Environment' (PDF)

Projects 2008
CICG - September 2008 -  "Peace and Sustainable Development" (also) Talk by Vita de Waal on  (PDF)
CICG - April 2008 - “Environment andHuman Rights" Talk by Vita de Waal on  (PDF)


ecoQ_logo_only_small écoquartiers-genève
L'association ECOQUARTIERS-GENEVE a pour but de promouvoir et de participer à la réalisation d'écoquartiers dans la région genevoise.

2009 Projects
Ecoquartiers ÉcoAttitudes – Presentation on “Findhorn, Ecovillage Pioneer – What Lessons for Geneva?"

 

iucn The International Union for the http://www.iucn.org/Conservation of Nature
The Foundation for Gaia is a Member of the Specialist Group of the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected areas CSVPA that comprises individuals and organisations with expertise that seeks to identify, define, and provide guidelines for managing the cultural and spiritual dimensions of protected areas. This Task Force provides a very important mechanism to promote in-depth, cross-cutting or specialized work within the World Commission of Protected Areas WCPA.  The phrase Cultural and Spiritual Values is intended to encompass, in as inclusive way as is possible, the complete range of supportive values and significance that people find in, and bring to, nature in general and protected areas in particular. The value di http://www.med-ina.org/delos/mension adds an important aspect to the management of protected areas.

2009 Projects
Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas:


UN logo United Nations – Geneva - Switzerland

We work in partnership with a variety of groups around the world.  We support the work of grassroots organisations in the South, as well as representing NGOs at international forums such as at the United Nations and its various bodies in Geneva and Vienna, and work ceaselessly, with our partners, to put environmental and human rights issues on the international agenda and to work together to achieve our vision of an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable and equitable world. Since 2004 we represent one of our partners, the Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE) in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Offices of Geneva and Vienna.

2010 Activities

2009 Activities  
Prepared Statement for AMR UN July 09
Statement at UN October 09

Since 2008
Reply by EU Commission to Letter  on "Achieving MDGs in times of financial turmoil" byVita de Waal

Since 2006
Public Event: Aide Federation - "Do MDGs Need Prioritising?" Talk by Vita de Waal

Since 2005

From 2004 onwards

 

 

wcpa World Commission on Protected Areas
The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world's premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by IUCN's Programme on Protected Areas and has over 1,400 members, spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors; by providing strategic advice to policy makers; by strengthening capacity and investment in protected areas; and by convening the diverse constituency of protected area stakeholders to address challenging issues. For more than 50 years, IUCN and WCPA have been at the forefront of global action on protected areas.

2009 Projects 


United Kingdom

globalGlobal Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is the world’s largest civil society movement calling an end to poverty & inequality. It is a growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organisations, NGOs and campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms. GCAP is calling for action from the world’s leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality. In particular, we demand solutions that address the issues of • Public accountability, just governance and the fulfillment of human rights • Trade justice • A major increase in the quantity and quality of aid and financing for development • Debt cancellation • Gender equality must also be at the heart of eradicating poverty. The Foundation for GAIA has been part of the GCAP alliance since 2005.

2008 - Reply by EU Commission to Letter  on "Achieving MDGs in times of financial turmoil" byVita de Waal

2008 Susbstantive Input for Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, Doha, Qatar

2006 - Public Event: Aide Federation - "Do MDGs Need Prioritising?" Talk by Vita de Waal

MDG Events 2005 & 2006

 

Open Letters

Dec 2008 - EU Commission Reply to Letter "Achieving MDGs in times of Financial Turmoil" by Vita de Waal

March 2008 - Open Letter to UN S.G. Ban Ki-moon - Wiser Earthin Spanish

June 2006 - Open Letter by NGOs to the EU Trade Commissioner and EU Governments

April 2006 - Open Letter by NGOs to the Director General of the WTO

2005 - 'Global Trade: Look at the facts rather than heed Corporate Lobbying' -

Nov 2005 -  NGO Response to Letter signed by Corporate Leaders in FT APWLP

 

 

 

 

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