The Associaçao dos Povos Indígenas Tiriyó, Kaxuyana e Txikuyana (APITIKATXI) is an association which represents the collective interests of the communities in the Tumucumaque Indigenous Reserve to government agencies and non-profit organisations. It has offices in Macapa, Brazil. It was the first indigenous community ranger association to become a full member of the International Ranger Federation in September 2005.
The Institute for Environmental Security (IES) is an international non-profit non-governmental organisation established in 2002 in The Hague. The "knowledge and action network" was set up to increase political attention to environmental security as a means to help prevent conflict, instability and unrest. The Institute's mission is: "To advance global environmental security by promoting the maintenance of the regenerative capacity of life-supporting eco-systems." Its multidisciplinary approach integrates the fields of science, diplomacy, law, finance and education. Activities are designed to provide policy-makers with a methodology to tackle environmental security risks in time, in order to safeguard essential conditions for peace and sustainable development.
IUCN NL is the Dutch platform of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, representing 40 member organisations in the Netherlands working in the field of nature conservation and greening the economy. Besides its platform role, IUCN NL leads the Ecosystem Alliance, with Both ENDS, Wetlands International and over 120 NGO partner organisations in the South. Since the 1990s, IUCN NL has supported around 50 community-based projects in the Guiana Shield. With the Dutch government, and increasingly with the private sector, IUCN NL has been working (and continues to do so) on reducing the Dutch ecological footprint worldwide.
The Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development (Iwokrama) is an Autonomous Non Profit Institution (corporate body) established by a groundbreaking agreement between the Guyana Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat and formalised by an Act of the Guyana Parliament in 1996. Administered by an international Board of Trustees (including representatives from the Guyana government and the Amerindian community), Iwokrama‘s mandate is to manage and conserve ~3,700 km2 of intact tropical rainforest in central Guyana to promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rain forests in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and the to the world.
NRDDB is a registered Trust and an established non-governmental, non-profit, community-based organisation currently representing 16 communities. It is an autonomous body, initially comprising of representatives from 12 indigenous communities in the North Rupununi. In 1996, it was legally established to link the 12 communities with the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development, government agencies, and other institutions, on issues relating to community development in the North Rupununi. The NRDDB is recognised as one of the leading community based organisations in Guyana. Since the formation of the NRDDB, membership has increased from 12 to 16 communities.
RHUL is within the top 10 universities in the UK with an international reputation for the highest quality teaching and research across the sciences, arts and humanities. The Department of Geography is in the top tier of UK Geography departments, and the last Research Assessment Exercise singled out the Department as overwhelmingly ̳world class‘ and internationally excellent‘, reflecting its commitment to facilitate research of the highest quality.
The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them. With over 250,000 students currently taking its courses, The Open University is committed to making education accessible to all regardless of their personal circumstances as well as maintaining its position as an internationally-acclaimed teaching and research institution. In the UK‘s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), The Open University has climbed 23 places to 43rd, securing a place in the UK‘s top 50 higher education institutions.
The University of Turin (www.unito.it) is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities with an international reputation for high quality teaching and research. The University makes an active stand on a number of social issues, such as environment, equal opportunities and rights of people with special needs. It also acts at an international level through partnership arrangements with India, China, developing countries in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean Area and with a number of international organizations operating in the region. Within the University of Torino, The Department of Cultures, Politics and Society focuses its scientific and educational projects on the way and the processes through which people build societies, organize and regulate social life, plan political institutions, aggregate, argue and communicate with each other. The interdisciplinary areas of expertise include Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Theory of International Relations, Political Philosophy, History, Linguistics and Geography.
WWT Consulting is one of Europe‘s leading specialist wetland consultancies in creation, restoration, management, and visitor centre design. It was established in 1989 at Slimbridge, UK, the headquarters of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), in response to the demand for advice on how to conserve, improve and manage wetland habitats for wildlife and people. The mission of WWT Consulting is to provide a high quality, professional, specialist consultancy service on all aspects of wetlands, their wildlife and the ecosystem service benefits wetlands can bring to people whilst also generating income for, and positively raising the profile of, WWT, which is a registered conservation charity.