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. Do you  speak this language? A Directory of Acronyms

ACTS: African Centre for Technology Studies  
ASOMPS: Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants, Spices and other Natural Products  
CBD: Convention on Biological Diversity  
CEDI: Ecumenical Documentation and Information Centre  
CEL: Commission on Environmental Law  
CIEL: Center for International Environmental Law  
CIR: Collective Intellectual Rights  
COAMA: Programme for the Consolidation of the Amazon Region  
CONABIO: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad  
COP: Conference of the Parties  
CS: Cultural Survival  
DGIS: Directorate General for International Cooperation  
ELC: Environmental Law Centre  
ELP: Environmental Law Programme  
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization  
FIELD: Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development  
FPH: Fondation pour le Progrés de l Homme  
FTPP: Forest, Trees and People Programme  
GATT: Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade  
GEF: Global Environmental Facility  
GRAIN: Genetic Resources Action International  
HFC: Healing Forest Conservancy  
IARC: International Agricultural Research Centre  
IBEC: Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation  
ICBG: International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups  
IDRC: International Development Research Centre  
IFABS: Indonesian Foundation for the Advancement of Biological Sciences  
IK: Indigenous Knowledge  
IKP: Indigenous Knowledge Programme  
ILO: International Labour Office  
INBio: Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad  
INDISCO: Inter-Regional Programme to Support Self-Reliance of Indigenous and Tribal Communities through Cooperatives and Other Self-Help Organizations.  
IPBC: Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Centre  
IPBN: Indigenous Peoples  Biodiversity Network  
IPGRI: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute  
IPR: Intellectual Property Rights  
ISA: Instituto Socioambiental  
ISE: International Society of Ethnobiology  
ISEE: International Society for Environmental Ethics  
IUCN: The World Conservation Union (formerly the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)  
IUPGR: International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources  
LRC-KSK: Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Inc. - Kasama sa Kalikasan  
MDA: Mataatua Declaration Association  
NDI: Nucleus of Indigenous Rights  
NGO: Non-Governmental Organization  
NRRP: Natural Resources and Rights Program  
ODA: UK Overseas Development Administration  
PEK: Projek Etnobotani Kinabalu  
PPH: People and Plants Handbook  
RAFI: Rural Advancement Foundation International  
RBLAC: Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean  
RECIEL: Review of European Community and International Environmental Law  
SAREC: Swedish Agency for Research and Cooperation with Developing Countries  
SDC: Swiss Development Corporation  
SEB: Society for Economic Botany  
SOLAGRAL: Solidarités Agricoles et Alimentaires  
SRISTI: Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions  
TCDC: Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries  
TRR: Traditional Resource Rights  
TWN: Third World Network  
UN: United Nations  
UNCED: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development  
UNDP: United Nations Development Programme  
UNEP: United Nations Environment Programme  
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  
UNIMAS: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak  
UNRISD: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development  
UNU: United Nations University  
WCIP: World Council for Indigenous Peoples  
WGIP: Working Group on Indigenous Peoples  
WGTRR: Working Group on Traditional Resource Rights  
WHO: World Health Organization  
WRI: World Resources Institute  
WRM: World Rainforest Movement  
WWF: World Wide Fund for Nature  
WWW: World Wide Web


 Who are we? A List of Contributors

   A broad range of people from various countries and academic backgrounds collaborate on the People and Plants Handbook. Here’s a key to the initials found in the preceding pages:   

  • ABC is Anthony B. Cunningham, a field coordinator of the People and Plants Initiative from South Africa. Now based in Betty’s Bay, South Africa, he focuses on projects in Africa. He studied natural resource management and rural sociology. 
  • ALH is Alison Hoare, a botanist from the United Kingdom and assistant editor of the Handbook. Working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she has been largely responsible for gathering information and writing summaries for the Handbook. 
  • CO is Cecilia Oh, WWF Malaysia’s Environmental Policy Analyst since October 1994. She works mainly on tracking post-UNCED and related developments. She practised briefly as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia before joining WWF Malaysia. 
  • DAP is Darrell Posey, director of the Programme for Traditional Resource Rights of the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics & Society, and Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford. He has worked as an ethnobiologist in the Brazilian Amazon since 1977 and is a Titled Researcher of the Brazilian National Council for Science and Technology. He is a founding member and past president of the International Society for Ethnobiology. 
  • GJM is Gary J. Martin, an anthropologist and botanist from the United States, is general editor of the Handbook and a field coordinator of the People and Plants Initiative. From his base at UNESCO in Paris, he collaborates on projects in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 
  • JC is Javier Caballero, an ethnobiologist who works for the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is coordinator of the Latin American Ethnobotany Group (GELA).
  • THE is Terence Hay-Edie, an assistant editor of the Handbook. An anthropologist and environmentalist, his main interests are local peoples’ perceptions of their environment and cultural landscapes. He is from the UK, where he studied human sciences at Oxford University.
  • YA is Yildiz Aumeeruddy, an ethnobiologist and field coordinator of the People and Plants Initiative. A citizen of Mauritius and France, she resides in Montpelier, where she works at the Institut de Botanique. She focuses on projects in the Himalayan region and also assists on some projects in Southeast Asia.


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