Our Work

How We Work  

The Foundation for GAIA is aware that there are already various very well organised institutions directing aid to counterbalance the effects of famine, disease and disaster. The Foundation for GAIA aims to focus instead on causes and preventive measures. In this way it can contribute to the restoration of balance in natural processes, which in turn will enable the ordering principle within life to function freely.

The Foundation for GAIA intends to act as a resource, information hub and liaison between people, international organisations, educational institutions, NGOs, the UN, policy makers and governments. To this end, the Foundation for GAIA also undertakes educational projects and programmes, often in collaboration with other organisations, using film, audio-visuals, lectures, think-tanks and conferences. The Foundation is also involved with advocacy and campaigns.

Who We Work With

It is our belief that indigenous populations have much wisdom and knowledge about sustainable lifestyles. 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 that enriches all participants. It is this nourishing and fascinating aspect of our work that keeps us being involved with such passion. The Foundation’s strengths are the contacts made and nourished over these last 25 years, and networking is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s activity. 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.

The phrase “think global, act local” is even more relevant today and the effects of rampant 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 and funding 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.

The Foundation 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.

Our Strategies

The Foundation for Gaia aims to:

  • Encourage existing and traditional models – or create new ones – which are pivotal in opening up new directions in sustainable and global thinking and action.
  • 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 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.

Areas of Work

Human Rights • Water • Transhumance • Indigenous Livelihoods • Cultures • Sacred Natural Sites • Wilderness • Education • Clean Energy Sciences • Sustainable Development • Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs • Trade and Globalisation •  Corporate Responsibility •  Natural World Heritage Sites and Cultural Landscapes.

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