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Terralingua: Unity for Biocultural Diversity
Terralingua: Unity for Biocultural Diversity

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Luisa Maffi, Ph.D., maffi@terralingua.org, is a linguist and anthropologist with a long-standing interest in the “inextricable link” between language, culture, and the environment and between linguistic, cultural, and biological diversity. That interest led her in 1996 to co-found Terralingua www.terralingua.org, an international NGO that has pioneered and spearheaded the idea and field of biocultural diversity--the interlinked and interdependent diversity of life in nature and culture. Terralingua, which Luisa has directed since 1996, has developed extensive research, policy, and educational materials on biocultural diversity (see in particular Luisa's 2001 edited book On Biocultural Diversity and her 2010 co-authored book Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook). Terralingua also works with First Nations (currently in Canada) to support their efforts to rekindle their languages, cultural traditions, and connections with the land. As well, the organization engages in outreach to the general public through its publication Langscape Magazine http://www.terralinguaubuntu.org/Langscape/home.htm, which features biocultural diversity stories from all over the world.