GDF has a dual mission. Through our regional programmes, we support indigenous peoples' and local communities' efforts to protect their biocultural diversity, and peacefully achieve just and autonomous decision-making regarding their territories, resources and futures. In collaboration with diverse institutions, we provide support for communities to elaborate their own research, development and advocacy programmes. Areas of specific focus depend on community interests, although they tend to be community access to lands and resources, community-led conservation, advocacy and campaigning for social and environmental justice, the continuity of ethnobiological and biocultural knowledge, and health. We fulfil the other aspect of our mission through our cross-cutting international programme, which builds the capacities of dynamic environmental changemakers working at local, national and international levels. Since 2011, we organise the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA), a multidisciplinary course that works to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of postgraduate students and professionals. Our international programme also serves to disseminate project results and organise seminars and workshops on contemporary issues in biocultural diversity, socio-ecological dynamics and the policy-practice interface.