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.

During the first Mediterranean Environments Regional Academy, which took place November 2018 in Morocco, Dr. Sarah-Lan Mathez brought in the discussion on gender in agricultural research and practice, facilitating stimulating discussions among participants.


Latin American School for Food Systems Resilience


Latin-American School for Food Systems Resilience (ALLSA, 2019): Transformative socio-environmental learning: fostering food systems innovation grounded in local knowledge took place from 14 to 25 September 2019. Hosted by Association ANDES, in collaboration with GEN Alumni, at the Hacienda Paukartika near Cusco, Peru, the Academy focused on socio-ecological systems as ways to re-calibrate humanity’s relationship with nature. ALLSA examined possibilities for transforming the way to produce and consume food, as well as assess food security and food sovereignty.

Mediterranean Environments Regional Academy


Carrying the theme Community-based management in the Mediterranean: innovations in socio-environmental research and action, the first Mediterranean Environments Regional Academy (MERA) was held from 2 to 11 November 2018 in Morocco. MERA focused on the relationships between nature and culture in the Mediterranean, in particular on the role of community-based resource management systems in maintaining the unique landscapes/seascapes and biocultural diversity of the region. 

Okanagan Land-based Environmental Leadership Camp


Held from 10 to 17 June 2017 at Glimpse Lake, British Columbia, Canada, the Okanagan Land-based Environmental Leadership Camp gathered Indigenous youth aged between 18 and 30 interested in building their capacity to advocate for and protect the lands and waters of their territories. The event took place at Glimpse Lake, on Syilx territory (Upper Nicola Band), jointly organised by Global Diversity Foundation’s North America Programme 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


The first Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership (ALLSA) 2015 (1a Academia Latinoamericana de Liderazgo Socio-ambiental) 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!

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