Current GLN Projects

QLF advances the environmental work of the Global Leadership Network by providing discretionary awards and coordinating consulting opportunities for QLF Alumni. Practitioners of the Global Leadership Network are now catalyzing environmental projects and forging partnerships across diverse regions.

Read more below about some ongoing programs and projects that QLF Alumni have initiated through engaging the Global Leadership Network.

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GLN Discretionary Grant Awards

Michael Caduto – The Garden of Wisdom: Middle Eastern Stories for Environmental Stewardship

QLF Alumnus Michael Caduto, with support from the GLN, recently published the long-awaited The Garden of Wisdom: Middle Eastern Stories for Environmental Stewardship, a collection of stories and folklore on the relationship between Middle Easterners and their natural environments. This book illustrates how, even in the midst of great conflict, a shared commitment to environmental stewardship unites us all.

The book is available online worldwide in paperback, hardcover and eBook formats. Signed, personalized copies can be purchased directly from Michael at: www.p-e-a-c-e.net

The Garden of Wisdom was recently nominated for the prestigious Middle East Book Award; the award is described on the website of the Middle East Outreach Council, which will announce the winners in November 2018: http://www.meoc.us/book-awards.html 

Alix Hopkins – Courage in Conservation
After QLF’s First Alumni Congress, Alix Hopkins facilitated several QLF exchanges, becoming inspired by Middle Eastern Alumni who maintain the courage to work across borders – geographic boundaries; political borders; and social, cultural and religious contexts – using the environment as a bridge to common understanding and reconciliation. To celebrate them and inform others, Alix is writing a new book to highlight the cooperative work undertaken despite difficult circumstances.

Muscat, Oman. Regional Meeting participants on the steps of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Front row, from left: Lauren Marano, Massachusetts; Alix Hopkins, Maine; Stephanie Clement, Maine; Manal A-Foqaha, Jordan; Dawn Leaness, Massachusetts; and Beth Alling, Massachusetts. Back row: Kristin Marano, North Carolina.

Muscat, Oman. Regional Meeting participants on the steps of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Front row, from left: Lauren Marano, Massachusetts; Alix Hopkins, Maine; Stephanie Clement, Maine; Manal A-Foqaha, Jordan; Dawn Leaness, Massachusetts; and Beth Alling, Massachusetts. Back row: Kristin Marano, North Carolina.

Michelle Portman – Land-Based and Artisanal-Fishing Sources of Marine Litter
Michelle Portman, former Sounds Conservancy grantee, is working with support from the GLN on a pilot project that examines the main challenges to the prevention of near-shore marine litter from artisanal-fishing and land-based practices in Gisr-A-Uzarka, Israel. This research will serve as the springboard for a shift in waste management methods in the small Arab village, which aims to expand its ecotourism sector in order to showcase the its rich marine habitat and artisanal fishing industry.