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Tom Corcoran
Biocultural Diversity & Heritage Conservationist
National Geographic Global Explorer

Tom has spent more than 30 years working on bicultural diversity and cultural heritage projects across the globe.  Much of his work has included humanitarian missions with the United Nations, working with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as working with the National Geographic Society and the National Park & Wildlife in Australia.  Currently based in Pakistan, Tom specialises in working in remote areas with traditional communities, managing and documenting traditional knowledge, through ethnographic techniques, working with artisans and craft-folk in conservation of traditional knowledge and practices. His work with traditional communities has won him awards such as the "European Outdoor Conservation Association" for community projects in Indonesia and the "Ford Award" for his work in Northern Madagascar.

Academically, Tom is best known for his work to bring light on the Indigenous Australian traditional research method of "Yarning."  

 

Biocultural Diversity Conservation         

Luisa Maffi defines Biocultural diversity as "the diversity of life in all its manifestations: biological, cultural, and linguistic which are interrelated and likely coevolved within a complex socioecological adaptive system. The diversity of life is made up not only of the diversity of plants and animal species, habitats and ecosystems found on the planet, but also of the diversity of human cultures and languages embeded and carried deep within our traditional knowledge and heritage. The field of biocultural diversity has emerged as a dynamic, integrative approach to understanding the links between nature and culture and the interrelationships between humans and the environment at scales from the global to the local.  An understanding of and respect for these relationships is embedded deeply within the beliefs of most Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world and reflected in the way they interact with and as part of nature.  These traditional systems can teach us much about 

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