• Cultural Biodiversity
    Cultural Biodiversity

About ISD


The vision of ISD is to contribute towards an Ethiopia that is free from hunger and poverty by combining the best in modern and traditional knowledge.


Our mission is to raise the importance of using sustainable knowledge, practices and innovations in order to support and improve the livelihoods of local communities in Ethiopia. We work to incorporate the best of both traditional and modern knowledge through sharing experiences, open dialogue, research and training, based on genuine participation.

The ethical values of ISD

Respect the knowledge, practices and cultures of local communities with regard to natural resources management, and learn from them Believe in equity and solidarity. Provide an equal employment opportunity regarding sex, religion, Political outlook and physical condition. Respect the laws and regulations of the country. Use transparency and accountability in all relationships. Respect each other and work together. Make effective and efficient use of resources and give high commitment to the organization and its work; and Believe in and practice comprehensive participation with all stakeholders.

Objectives of ISD 

Carry out research to speed up development by bringing together the best in traditional knowledge and modern science.

Promote activities focused on the link between cultural diversity and biodiversity, also called bio-cultural diversity, with the youth to raise the appreciation of indigenous knowledge for sustainable livelihoods and a better future.

Support and organize meetings and exchange visits which promote dialogue and information exchange on issues related to biodiversity, sustainable development and the assertion of the livelihood rights of the poor majority of the South.

Publish books, manuals and other information materials on biodiversity, natural resources, indigenous knowledge and related issues to provide technical information for development for workers and educators at all levels and

Share information through print and electronic media to create awareness among development workers in government and the public at large on issues that promote the sustainable uses