Accompanying & Connecting Communities
Gaia works closely with Earth’s custodians – local, indigenous and traditional communities from around the world. Using participatory approaches such as community dialogues, learning exchanges and eco-cultural mapping, and working closely with partners, we facilitate processes that enable communities to strengthen and revive their knowledge, practices and governance systems, re-weaving the web of bio-cultural connections between youth and elders, women and men, people and place.
This approach enables communities to re-build their confidence after centuries of colonialism, oppression and ecological destruction, to secure land, food and water sovereignty and define their own path into the future. In our experience, communities who are rooted in their traditions and their land, have the answers to the problems they face. Our work together lays the foundations for communities to take practical steps to build their resilience in the face of challenges like climate change, pursue truly regenerative livelihoods and reject harmful industrial projects, like mining and other forms of landgrabbing.