About us

Who are we?

We are a group of institutions, organizations and individuals who believe that valuation of biocultural diversity is an important strategy to promote sustainable, inclusive, competitive and resilient territorial dynamics.

Motivated by a long-term goal geared towards the empowerment of rural populations that have fewer opportunities, we share ourknow-howalong with our network of contacts in Latin America, Europe, Africa and other regions around the world.

What do we do?

We encourage and accompany processes of research applied on thepromotionandvalorizationof natural and cultural resources, local food and culinary heritage, traditional knowledge, identities and other tangible and intangible cultural expressions.

We generate new forms ofknowledge, systematize and disseminatebest practicesfocused on the conservation and enhancement of biocultural diversity, and the agro-ecological management of natural resources.

We carry out education and training activities, promoting systematic processes aimed atcapacity expansionin terms of territorial governance and the innovative management of natural and cultural assets.

We encourage the strengthening of theterritorial business structure and public/private partnershipsthat help maximize the comparative and competitive advantages offered by biocultural diversity.

We place the issue into thepublic agendain order to expand its reach and impact.

What do we offer?

By pooling together our different know-how and skills, built up over numerous years of experience – we offer the following:

- acritical mass of experiencegarnered from various regions of the world (presidia; food communities; convivia; territorial laboratories and learning territories) where it is possible to appreciate - in specific terms - the progress and challenges of biocultural territorial development processes;

- a range oflearning systemsthat recognize and value traditional knowledge, mobilizing local know-how and talents, in coordination with formal systems of knowledge (training courses; diplomas; taste workshops; internships and guided exchange programmes; learning paths; workshops, and other educational activities), with an emphasis placed onwomen and young people;

- a range ofendorsed tools(agreed territorial agendas; the cataloguing and mapping of assets, actors and enterprises; local innovation contests; product promotion; baskets of quality local goods and services; territorial brands, and corporate territorial responsibility, among others);

- the installed capacity to design and evaluatprojects, conductresearchand process findings - along with pragmatic experiences - in instruments for action and spaces for visibility, positioning and advocacy (fairs and exhibitions; forums, multimedia products; publications; seminars and others).

Who do we work with?

The Biocultural Diversity and Territory Platform implements agreements and collaboration accords, services, coordination and strategic alliances around specific initiatives with the following entities: rural communities; producer organizations and small entrepreneurs; territorial networks; private firms; public institutions and programmes; national and sub-national governments; universities and research centres; training schools: international cooperation agencies; NGOs and foundations; and citizens’ movements.