Community Exchanges are peer-to-peer learning opportunities designed specifically to foster networking, mutual learning and exchange among emerging community professionals and practitioners. Dynamic leaders from specific regions convene to discuss ongoing actions and share strategies to protect and restore biodiversity, lands, waters and traditional foodways, and through these, culture and sovereignty.

European Community Exchange on Nurturing Community Health Sovereignty and Connecting Herbal Initiatives - Ireland


This community exchange will gather herbalists and community organisers at different stages of their journey in the creation and coordination of community-based herbal health initiatives in order to build a European network of mutual support and learning.

It will be organised in two parts. Part 1 will be a series of 6 monthly 2-hour workshops beginning on 23  March 2022. Part 2 will be an in-person event held 21-25 September in Ireland. 

European Community Exchange on Seed Diversity and Sovereignty - Barcelona, Spain


The first European Community Exchange, held from 23 – 27 September 2017, was uniquely designed for members of the European community working on issues surrounding seeds, gathering the important work carried out on different fronts. The interactive sessions promoted the sharing of ideas and exchange of lessons, leading to the co-creation of a unified plan for future coordination on a European scale.

North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange – Sonora, Mexico


This exchange, held in February 2017 on the theme “Collaborating for Change: Strategies for the Protection of Biocultural Landscapes” provided a training, networking and discussion space for Indigenous community leaders in northwestern Mexico, in a context of rapid climate change and at a moment when adaptive community capacity to confront biocultural threats is crucial.

North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange – Montreal, Quebec


NACELE 2015 was held at the Montréal Botanical Garden from 18 – 22 June 2015. Drawing from its location, the workshop carried the theme “Nourishing Relations: People, Plants and Place” and was designed to broaden and deepen participants’ knowledge, networking and communication skills through peer-to-peer exchange of cases and strategies, site visits to innovative tribal and collaborative initiatives and skill-building opportunities. Indigenous environmental practitioners, scholars and activists from North American Native Nations shared insights and challenges from their work on wellbeing, connecting health, sovereignty and biocultural diversity.

North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange – Capay Valley, California


Led by Global Diversity Foundation under the auspices of the Global Environments Network in partnership with The Cultural Conservancy, NACELE 2013 convened dynamic Indigenous leaders from North America to discuss ongoing actions to protect and restore lands, waters and traditional foodways, and through these, culture and sovereignty.

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