Together With

Our Partnerships

The  Foundation for GAIA was established in 1983 at a time when not too many people had started using computers and the age of cheap no-frills flights was in its infancy. Though the Foundation was instrumental in the creation and establishment of GreenNet, the UK’s foremost ‘green’ ISP, traditional methods of communication were still required.  All this meant that the pace of collective decision-making and of execution of projects took time and were more locally based. To work ‘internationally’ required finding and establishing contacts with like-minded and similar NGOs who not only had the knowledge and expertise to monitor the execution of projects on ‘their side’ but who could be trusted as well. Only few foreign NGO at that time could correspond in and speak English and thus the need to either speak a foreign languages or have partners in the other country and able to translate English into the local language was a requirement. People met face to face and worked side by side.  Having found a trusted and effective partnership was of great benefit to both NGOs. and over time projects were envisaged where responsibilities and the collaborations extended to include other NGOs as well. Most of the time such teamwork was an effective and pleasant way of managing projects.Partnerships have been a key part to our approach since the start.  Many of the partnerships established then are still the partners we are working with today and the experiences and insights gained over all these years are invaluable to our work. Times of heated debates and differing views have given the projects a creative edge and allowed everyone to look at things through the eyes of ‘the other’ and learn from this. We feel privileged to be in this position. It has also allowed us to stay ‘small’ in the sense that, when working internationally, we have access to a big network that operates like temporary branches. This also has financial benefits as it cuts down considerably in administrative and travel expenses. So, while not having offices everywhere we can still operate internationally while having the flexibility to take on the projects we can best manage.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.Follow the links in our  Projects and Initiatives section to find out more about the work we have done with our strategic partners, organised regionally

Global Networks

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 Vita de Waal represents 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.
IUCNThe International Union for the Conservation of Nature / IUCN

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 dimension adds an important aspect to the management of protected areas.

wcpa_26  World Commission on Protected Areas / WCPA

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.

csvpa Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas / CSVPA

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. CSVPA

globalpart  Global 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 s, 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. Read more on GCAP

Partnerships

DELOS  The 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.

earth   Speaking4Earth

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.

 nciv  Nederlands Centrum for Inheemse Volken – CIV

NCIV – 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.

csvga A NGO Forum on Spirituality and Values at the United Nations / FSVThis NGO Forum is a network of NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which are part of the NGO Alliance on Global Concerns and Values. It envisions a global society where there is peace, a feeling of belonging and oneness with all of life, as well as commitment, service and responsibility. These spiritual values are common to all faiths, cultures and traditions, are universal in nature and transcend the boundaries of religion and of nationality. These need to be reawakened, nurtured and sustained for the advancement of Humanity. This NGO Forum 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. This NGO Forum aims at enhancing the spiritual dimension in all areas of the United Nations agenda and of public policy and  seeks to make a contribution to the spiritual dimension, values and rights based perspectives of the work of the United Nations. The Foundation for GAIA has been involved with this work since 2004 and since 2009 has chaired the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.

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 WCPA Specialist Group CSVPA, in taking up this Park as a study case for Sacred Natural Site (SNS) with the Delos Initiative due to its noteworthy natural, cultural and spiritual heritage.

 earth_focus  Earth Focus Foundation

Switzerland based Earth Focus Foundation, is the continuation of the 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 networks as well as to the public.

 wilderness  Associazione Italiana Wilderness – AIW

The Foundation for GAIA and the Associazione Italiana per la Wilderness (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.

findhorn   Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage looks at sustainability not only in environmental terms, but also in social, economic and spiritual terms.

  rokpa   ROKPA International

ROKPA is a worldwide charity founded in 1980 by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Doctor and Teacher, Lea Wyler and her father Veit Wyler, a Swiss lawyer. Its aim is to improve the quality of life of the poorest peoples around the world irrespective of their religion, nationality or cultural background. ROKPA projects are aimed at giving children from the poorest backgrounds the opportunity of an education and training. ROKPA also funds healthcare and a small number or environmental projects in many countries worldwide. Since the 1980’s the Foundation for Gaia has supported a number of ROKPA Projects. Many of these projects dove-tail with similar ones in other parts of the world and ROKPA’s example will be of help to other organisations operating in developing countries and dealing with people living in remote areas. Read more about ROKPA

energycanada  Planetary Association for Clean Energy, Inc (Canada)

The Planetary Association For Clean Energy, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable corporation whose objects are to facilitate the discovery, research, development, demonstration and evaluation of clean energy systems.  The Learned Society also stewards the planning, coordination and implementation of clean energy systems on a planetary, continental, regional, local and indvidual scale.  The term, “clean energy” can be understood to describe systems which draw on natural suppy, which are of universal technological application and which do not cause polluting residue.  In the process of facilitation, the Association sees the responsibility of serving as a monitor and alerter of “unclean” energy systems. The Foundation for GAIA has worked since 1988 with PACE on a variety of projects. Read more about PACE

bodygaya  Sacred Earth Trust (SET)

Sacred Earth Trust is a platform set up to support and to encourage the sustainable development of the people in Bodhgaya, through co-operation and empowerment. It achieves its goals by • Finding solutions to ways of working within the diverse community and within the wider context, and by • Using the environmental awareness and our relation to the planet as a reflection tool, together- working towards the transformation of consciousness to enable the maximum potential and growth for human development.  This is the most recent partnership (2009), with the Foundation for Gaia supporting SET through its initial stages of set-up, mainly through research and networking.

0001qa  Palpung Sherabling, India

Palpung Munishasan Dharma Chakra Sangh (PMDS) is an international educational non-governmental and non-profit organization with its HQs in India. It comprises a global network of 25 affiliated centers in over 15 countries that has to date initiated projects related to education, health, community development and environmental restoration. PMDS aims to promote, encourage and support all activities that will contribute towards peace and cooperation amongst the people of the world by use of the humanitarian principles and encourage and cultivate non-violence as a method of both individual and social growth. The activities, programs, projects and humanitarian initiatives aim to create a space where people can express their inherent potential spiritually, socially and economically and whereby the practical applications are an extension of the underlying principles of inter-dependence, of harmony, of the innate creativity and freedom of the human spirit, inspiring individuals and communities to contribute to human, social and economic change.

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