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Newsletter  December, Issue 2017-2
A Message from Gary J. Martin,
Founder of Global Diversity Foundation
In a recent workshop in the Moroccan High Atlas, our team had the honour of connecting deeply with more than thirty participants from the villages of the Ait M'hamed commune. We have been working intensively with these Amazigh communities since 2013 to support plant conservation, cultural practices of conservation and sustainable livelihoods. 
The workshop was an incredible time of sharing and discovery. We learned about the communities' local plants, and how they use them to treat ailments and create beautiful hand-made crafts. We heard the deep concern in participants' voices as they described the way recent social events and environmental changes have affected their ability to access and manage their lands. We listened first-hand to the way these communities are adjusting their lifestyles to cope with increasingly severe and prolonged drought and low monetary rewards of traditional agriculture.

Most of all, we learned through the words of those gathered at the workshop, as they spoke straight from the heart, that despite their struggles, these Amazigh communities share a deep commitment to preserve the practices and traditions that lie at the core of their cultural histories, identities and wellbeing.

Read about the workshop session led by Zahra, Aguojil and Nejma on plant-related knowledge and crafting skills.
Zahra weaving dried doum leaves, a skill her mother taught her. Doum is also known as the Mediterranean dwarf palm (Chamaerops humilis).
From heart, to heart
During this season of giving, we appeal to you to support efforts to sustain communal and customary systems of decision-making, provide employment opportunities and promote ecological restoration for Amazigh communities at Ait M’hamed, Imegdale and beyond. Global Diversity Foundation’s work in Morocco strengthens traditional practices for the conservation of unique High Atlas biodiversity and enhances the wellbeing of the communities that have managed and maintained these beautiful landscapes for millennia.

Aguojil and his collection of handmade wooden items.
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