From Local Futures:
The broad objectives of the IAL include:
- to identify common threats to cultural and biological diversity and discuss the institutional supports (at all levels – local, national and international) needed to sustain this diversity;
- to enhance the capacity of members to make reasoned, well-informed choices on issues related to economic development, resource use, and cultural and environmental integrity;
- to expand the existing knowledge base about strategies being implemented to localize economies, rebuild resilience and adaptive capacity, strengthen food security, and maintain cultural integrity in different parts of the world;
- to forge global partnerships in support of such renewal and resilience-building initiatives;
- to discuss alternative strategies in the production of basic needs, especially food;
- to examine the relationship between cultural diversity, biological diversity, and economic security.