Mapping Biocultural Diversity

Biocultural diversity is a global manifestation of life on Earth that arises from myriad local interactions between people and nature. It has a geographic dimension that results in specific patterns at regional and global levels. Our first-ever biocultural maps, developed in partnership with international organizations such as WWF and UNESCO and with academic institutions including Connecticut College and the University of Florida, show the overlapping global distributions of biodiversity and linguistic diversity, and the companion reports analyze the patterns.

The results of this work have supported the development of international policy, as well as advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The maps also serve as visually engaging tools for teaching and learning about biocultural diversity, along with their corresponding documents as study guides.

Click on the images below to download free digital copies of the maps and the related reports and to find poster-size paper versions of two of the maps in our Shop.