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The International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) is a global network of individuals and organizations working to preserve vital links between human societies and the natural world. For over two decades we have brought together people interested in protecting the planet’s biocultural diversity by providing a unique platform for meaningful and respectful dialogue. Through our programs and congresses, our community actively supports rights and responsibilities of local communities to their biocultural heritage.
As a 501(c)3 scientific and educational Society we rely on your support to continue our activities and core programs—the Darrell Posey Fellowship Program, the Global Coalition for Biocultural Diversity, the Ethics Program, and our international Congresses.
The ISE’s major source of funding is coming to an end in 2014. This year-end campaign is your chance to ensure that the ISE can continue to offer all of its programs in the coming years.
Supporting and promoting the critical efforts of indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities in the protection of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity has been the ISE’s priority since the inaugural international congress. Today, the ISE continues its groundbreaking efforts in providing a platform for a meaningful and respectful dialogue among people of diverse views, cultures and backgrounds. During the ISE Congresses participants tackle the most difficult and challenging, yet promising questions of our times – cultural and intellectual property rights, endogenous development, agrobiodiversity and climate change adaptation, to name a few – informing the global discourse and advancing debates to new levels.
The variation of congress session formats reflects the breadth of cultures, such as academic sessions featuring oral presentations and discussion on the latest research findings; interactive workshops and panel discussions; story telling sessions led by Elders; and unique discussion sessions built around walks or shared meals. Congresses are intended to be highly interactive and participatory and to foster a commitment by participants to building understanding and trust toward a common goal.
Building on the traditions of past ISE congresses, the 14th ISE Congress in Bhutan will yet again bring together indigenous and non-indigenous participants from around the world to tackle the key issues of our times.
Donations towards ISE Congresses are used to support ISE Congress Awards and the ISE pre-Congress Workshop for Emerging Ethnobiologists. A donation of $125 covers Congress registration fees for a student or member of a traditional, local or Indigenous community.
Important Congress Outcomes
1st Congress – Declaration of Belem
2nd Congress – Kunming Action Plan established the ISE Global Coalition for Biocultural Diversity
10th Congress – Code of Ethics unanimously approved by ISE Members
11th Congress – Cusco Declaration