Lasting one to two weeks, Global Environments Regional Academies bring together participants from neighbouring countries to focus on a specific Global Environments Network theme, and to witness compelling case studies of environmental resilience, ecological restoration and community adaptation to change. These events are usually co-organised or hosted by alumni from our Summer Academies who operate from regionally important academic and non-profit institutions.
We are currently collaborating with alumni from Peru and Central America on the organisation of regional academies, to be held in Peru and Guatemala respectively, in 2019.
Mediterranean Environments Regional Academy 2018 – Morocco
The first Mediterranean Environments Regional Academy (MERA), carrying the theme “Community-based management in the Mediterranean: innovations in socio-environmental research and action”, was held from 2 to 11 November 2018 in Morocco. MERA focused on the relationships between nature and culture in the Mediterranean, and in particular on the role of community-based resource management systems in maintaining unique landscapes/seascapes and biocultural diversity they harbour.
Okanagan Environmental Leadership Camp 2017 – Glimpse Lake, Syilx territory
Reconnect, Revitalize, Reclaim: Okanagan Land-based Environmental Leadership Camp, held June 10-17, 2017 at Glimpse Lake, British Columbia, Canada, gathered Indigenous youth aged between 18 and 30 who are interested in building their capacity to advocate for and protect the lands and waters of their territories. The camp took place at Glimpse Lake, on Syilx territory (Upper Nicola Band), co-organised by Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) North America and IndigenEYEZ, an Indigenous youth empowerment organisation based in the Okanagan with years of experience working to positively transform relationships to self, community, and the world. The camp was organised with the support of the Upper Nicola Band and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership 2015 – Dominican Republic
The first Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership (ALLSA) 2015 (Spanish title: 1a Academia Latinoamericana de Liderazgo Socio-ambiental), under the auspices of the Global Environments Network, was held in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, 13-22 November 2015. Entitled Transformative Environmental Learning: Our relationships with biocultural landscapes, the academy gathered 35 participants and facilitators from 13 countries in the beautiful natural landscape of Jarabacoa in a co-learning space empowering young socio-environmental leaders to act and inspire!
ALLSA 2015 is fruit of the motivation of GESA alumni, with the support of the Dominican National Institute of Education and Training. Read a blog post by Ana Elia Ramón Hidalgo (GESA 2014 alumna, Spain), one of the co-organisers, here (Spanish version). You can also see photos from ALLSA 2015, and read the ALLSA 2015 Conceptual Note. For detailed information in Spanish, click here.
Visit our main GEN Events webpage for more details on past and upcoming GEN events, including our Global Environments Regional Academies.