Newsletter  June,  Issue 2020-1 
Dear friends and supporters,
Almost three months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, governments, academia, NGOs, international communities and indigenous peoples’ authorities, among many others, continue to focus on essential responses to safeguard wellbeing, livelihoods, health and nature. As the Global Diversity Foundation adapts and expands its work in light of the current situation, we thank you for your continuous support. Our spirits remain high as we reflect on the immense year we had in 2019, and we are delighted to share our achievements with you in our 2019 Annual Report
This year, we extended the positive impact in our High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme on livelihoods and biodiversity, including through the distribution of 24,900 medicinal and aromatic plants to Amazigh families. Through the Global Environments Network, we are developing the GEN In Conversation Series, an exciting four-month online programme of talks and interactive workshops designed for the curious. Finally, do check out the #MedFoodHeroes Instagram campaign, a competition calling for photos and recipes of traditional Moroccan cuisine. There is still time to participate!
Wishing you continuous health.
In solidarity,
Emily Caruso, GDF U.K. Director
A medical team of 60, including paediatricians, gynaecologists, general practitioners, nurses and an optician, visited Imegdal for a two-day Health Caravan in early March, providing free consultations and medicine to 312 patients.
In January, we distributed 24,900 commercially-valuable plants to High Atlas communities, including oregano (Origanum compactum) and fringed lavender (Lavandula dentata) grown in the community plant nurseries of Imegdal and Aït M’hamed.
In February and March, the Dar Taliba girls participated in 13 garden training sessions and planted hundreds of seeds in their greenhouse, including aromatic and medicinal plants such as sage (Salvia officinalis) and lavender (Lavandula officinalis). More recently, the Dar Taliba school garden project was featured in Evidence of Hope: Women of Morocco, part of a series of portraits of people and projects from around the world who are successfully addressing global challenges. Read more >>
As part of a new series of biocultural education activities, we distributed a colourful booklet called “The Amazigh Household Basket” that features local and useful plant products selected and drawn by students we previously worked with in different regions of the High Atlas. We also held intergenerational workshops focused on knowledge exchange on local pastoral and agricultural practices.
The #MedFoodHeroes Instagram contest, part of the Mediterranean Rooted Everyday campaign, aims to highlight delicious recipes that use the abundance of local products traditionally used in the Mediterranean, including Morocco.
Although COVID-19 is unforgiving to anyone it comes into contact with, as Camille Barton points out, ‘according to the Office for National Statistics, Black people are four times more likely to die from COVID than their white counterparts in the UK … arguably a condition of racism and ongoing structural inequality in white dominated countries’. Is it therefore surprising we find ourselves in the midst of an uprising of anti-racism protests around the world, sparked by the (beyond) tragic death of George Floyd? His unjust police murder and the subsequent outpouring of grief, street demonstrations and combatative reaction of authorities in the US, emphasise the ongoing need to address systemic racism, power and colonialism.
The Global Environments Network acknowledges the grave importance of this topic in the first part of the GEN In Conversation Series:
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