Earth Jurisprudence Practice – Community Ecological Governance

Community Ecological Governance is a a term developed by The Gaia Foundation, the African Biodiversity Network and partners to describe customary governance systems rooted in the laws of Earth.



African Biodiversity Network, Statement on Common African Customary Laws for the Protection of Sacred Natural Sites 2012 and Statement by African Custodian Communities on the Recognition and Protection of Sacred Natural Sites and Territories and Customary Governance Systems in Africa 2015

Bassey, N., Re-Source Democracy (HOMEF, 2014)

Berry, Sheila., Earth Jurisprudence and the Great Work of our time 2016

Cullinan, C., Governing People as Members of the Earth Community (2014)  

Chennells, R., and The Gaia Foundation, Submission to the African Commission: A Call for Legal Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and Territories and their Customary Governance Systems (2015)

Damtie, M., ‘Practicing Wild Law: The Ethiopian Experience‘, September 2008

Filgueira, B and Mason, I. Wild Law: Is there any evidence of earth jurisprudence in existing law and practice?, 2009

Hopkins, R., The Transition Town Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008)

Linzey, T,.with Campbell, A., Be The Change, How to Get What You Want in Your Community, (Gibbs Smith, October 2009)

Mahiber, M., ‘Communal Forest Ownership: An Option to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Ethiopia?‘, Proceeding of a workshop held at Chilimo Forest and Ghion Hotel (25-27 November 2008)

Mbokazi,. Lilhe, ‘I’ve been taught by Mother Earth’, EarthLore Foundation, South Africa 2016

McIntosh, Alasdair., Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (London: Aurum Press Ltd, 2004)

NEF, The Great Transition: A Tale of How It Turned Out Right (London, 19 October 2009)

Siemen, P. Center for Earth Jurisprudence – A Pictorial Story

Snowchange Cooperative ‘Life in the Cyclic World’ (2016)



ABN and The Gaia Foundation, A Call for Legal Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and Territories, and their Customary Governance Systems (2015)

ABN and The Gaia Foundation: A Story Worth Remembering? Unearthing Africa’s Identity (Botswana 2009)

Jourdain, Loic, A Turning Tide in the Life of Man (2015) Trailer

Makulule, M., Earth Jurisprudence interview 2008

Mupo Foundation and The Gaia Foundation, Reviving our Culture Mapping our Future film (2009)

NAPE and The Gaia Foundation – Mining and its Impacts on Water, Food Sovereignty and Sacred Natural Sites and Territories 2014, and podcasts of the report launch and Earth Law

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Podcast ‘Democracy Matters’.

Shiva, Vandana Pact for the Earth 2016 manifesto for sustainability

Sinem Saban, Damien Curtis and Yolngu tribe, ‘Our Generation’ trailer.

Kagole Margret Byarufu, ‘Voices from the Field: African Rural Women, Custodians of Seed and Traditional Knowledge’ in Terralingua Langscape Magazine Vol 5 Issue 2 (2016)

*For traditional knowledge and practices relating to Sacred Natural Sites please see section below.

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