The MDG-F Joint Programmes on Culture and Development  are contributing to the achievement of MDG 7 and environmental sustainability in multiple ways, among others, by:

  • Promoting traditional knowledge in environmental conservation (e.g. an inventory of indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation has been established in Ethiopia)
  • Revitalizing culinary traditions and promoting the consumption of native ingredients (especially within the framework of the Joint Programmes implemented in Latin America)
  • Supporting eco-friendly ventures (e.g. in Honduras, a can producer has received support to open a family business using a new eco-friendly evaporation technology)
  • Safeguarding natural cultural heritage through sustainable practices (e.g. environmental studies produced on the regions of the Delta du Saloum and Bassari; reforestation of native tree species in Mozambique, such as the ‘mwenje’ tree, to preserve the ‘timbila’, a traditional instrument made from its wood and inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity)
  • Strengthening education in environmental sustainability in cultural heritage management (e.g. curriculum on land use planning developed in Namibia)