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Biocultural Diversity Consultant
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What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Access and benefit sharing, Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Faith and biodiversity, Poverty and biodiversity, Protected areas, Traditional knowledge
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English and Russian
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Born and raised in a small coastal village in Kamchatka, Russia, Gleb Raygorodetsky is trained as a conservation biologist with expertise in resource co-management and traditional knowledge systems. His work has ranged geographically from the Brazilian Amazon to the Canadian Beaufort Sea to the Russian Altai Mountains, and thematically from studying fledging synchronicity of sea birds to documenting traditional knowledge of indigenous people. He has conducted research on such varied species as kittiwakes and pumas, guillemots and grizzly bears, sea otters and reindeer. He has lived and worked with the Evèn reindeer herders of Kamchatka (Russia), the Aleut fur seal hunters of the Pribiloff Islands (Alaska), the Caboclos pirarucu fishermen of the Brazilian Amazon, and the Gwich’in caribou hunters of Canada’s Northwest Territories. For his Doctorate thesis at Columbia University (2006) Gleb explored the resilience of social-ecological systems undergoing rapid change, focusing on wildlife use and conservation in the Russian Far East after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gleb co-authored books on indigenous issues in Russian and English and academic articles on regulating access to genetic resource and indigenous knowledge of a changing climate. He has also published (and often illustrated with photographs) popular articles, most recently on the plight of protected areas in Russia (2007). Gleb has been working for the Global Biocultural Initiative of the Christensen Fund since 2006.

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Biocultural resilience for systems change.

The remarkable variety of life’s interdependent phenomena and processes — what we call ‘diversity’ — is being eroded by the modern forces of homogenization. The rich tapestry — woven from a countless multitude of mutually reinforcing strands of biological, cultural and linguistic relationships — is wearing out. Our increasingly fatigued world is losing its vitality, luminosity and splendour under a relentless assault from various “izations”, such as industrialization, colonization,…


Posted on November 28, 2012 at 23:19

Restoring the Sacred Web of Life in Siberia’s Golden Mountains

This blog was originally published on the National Geographic News Watch


Golden Mountains of Altai, Russia--For countless generations, Altai people herded their livestock across what…


Posted on April 7, 2011 at 17:00

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