Global Environments Network facilitates connections, exchange and collaborations among GEN event participants and resource people, building durable partnerships that guarantee the sustainability of the network and impacts at multiple scales. Ideas borne from intense discussions held at GEN events have led to successful collaborations, some of which have been funded by the GEN Alumni Innovation Fund. Members of the GEN community have also seized opportunities to engage in other settings, such as conferences and ad hoc meetings, strengthening bonds while creating spaces for intellectual debate.
Some of these initiatives are listed here:
GEN at the Conservation Optimism Summit – GESA alumni reconvened in London to present at a GEN-hosted session titled NewGeneration of Environmental Leaders Embrace Whole Earth Conservation in April 2017.Read more.
Developing learning materials to strengthen the Tojol-Ab’al language – Community exchange participant developed a language revitalisation project, promoting the use of traditional plants in the Tojol-Ab’al language. Read more.
Alumni hold key coordination and leadership roles at GEN events – Since the first Global Environments Summer Academy in 2011, alumni have returned to ensuing summer academies, regional academies and community exchanges, providing highly successful contributions as resource people and co-coordinators, and generating cross-cohort continuity.
Ecological Imperialism and its many faces: new insights into the global green grab – GESA 2012 alums and resource person collaborated to host a panel at the “Grabbing Green: Questioning the Green Economy” conference, examining the global green grab through the dual lens of ecological imperialism and ‘accumulation by dispossession’.
Collaborative Participant Observation at the Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2), Antalya, Turkey – GESA alums joined forces in studying the conceptual framework of ecosystem services, central to the current discourse amongst conservationists.
Wellbeing Initiative – Three GESA 2013 alumnae launched a project to connect initiatives that take socio-ecological wellbeing as a central tenet of their development, with a special focus on food sovereignty.
Future Farmers, Owerri, Nigeria: Establishing a Community-Run Training Farm at Amiri Community Girls Secondary School – Through a project grant from the Alumni Innovation Fund, GESA alumni supported students to help establish a community-run pineapple and catfish farm at the Amiri Community Girl’s Secondary School.
Four alumni from the Global Environments Summer Academy, (L-R) Antonia Barreau, Daniel Abreu, Yolanda Lopez and Ana Elia Ramon Hidalgo, co-organised the first GEN regional academy in Latin America (Photo by Felipe Rodriguez Moreno).