Cultural Biodiversity program is aimed to help students and
all school communities to understand, give value to and utilize local knowledge, innovations and practices through organizing bio-cultural experience sharing national events and exhibitions and facilitating the informal ways of exploring and documenting the bio-cultural lore of their local areas by students through the process known as “learning from the root”.
This program was initiated by the institute with 16 government schools selected from all regional governments including Diredawa and Addis Ababa city administration in 2001; by 2017, 25 schools had been incorporated in the program
The program’s effectiveness is seen in its contribution to shape the attitudes of young people to be responsible for their own life and work for their communities. The CB exhibition and experience sharing event organized by ISD is one of the special festivals that contributes to the democratization process by sensitizing young people attending modern education to build confidence about the importance of local cultures and related knowledge of local rural communities.