Voices for BioJustice develops innovative approaches to build capacity and facilitate the direct, substantive and authentic contributions of local groups to policy design and implementation. The goal is to make the use of biodiversity more equitable and sustainable, and policies more effective and just.

Voices for Biojustice focuses on policy processes that impact local communities, traditional knowledge and resources, and biodiversity, including those relating to access and benefit-sharing (ABS), non-timber forest products (NTFPs), and biodiversity conservation.

The initiative also addresses emerging technologies with an impact on biodiversity and local groups.

The initiative is conceived as a learning process, exploring models for low-cost, effective ways to help often-marginalised groups engage with environmental and social justice issues, technological change, and emerging policy arenas.

There are three components to the Voices for BioJustice program: bringing the voices of local groups into policy-making; developing practical policy resources and tools; and deepening the policy dialogue.


  • Voices for Biojustice Africa

    Bring the voices and experiences of local groups to policy-makers, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities often left out of policy-making.

  • Voices for Biojustice Africa

    Develop innovative tools and approaches to presenting technically complex and potentially overwhelming information in ways that are digestible and accessible to a range of different actors.

  • Voices for Biojustice Africa

    Work with governments and others to develop more equitable, practical, and effective laws and policies.

  • Voices for Biojustice Africa

    Support the conservation of biological and cultural diversity by promoting policies and laws that strengthen, rather than undermine, cultures and livelihoods interwoven with biologically diverse landscapes.

Voices for BioJustice explores innovative approaches to communication


Baobab Tree, Namibia

Voices for BioJustice also provides direct advice and assistance to government


Sand Dunes in Namibia

A global, multi-disciplinary Resource Group of scholars and practitioners


Desert Landscape