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Dennis Martinez

Chair, Indigenous Peoples' Restoration Network (IPRN) of the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SERI)

Dennis Martinez

Dennis Martinez is of O’odham, Chicano, and Swedish heritage. He has worked in ecocultural restoration for nearly 43 years in temperate and subtropical terrestrial and aquatic-marine ecosystems as a restoration and ethno-ecologist. He is founder and chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Restoration Network of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and is co-director of the Takelma Intertribal Project. He works internationally with community-based Indigenous peoples on cultural rights, resource and knowledge protection, climate change, forest restoration, and bridging Western Science with Traditional Ecological Knowledge. He is a well-known speaker and writer, has received awards in restoration and social justice, and was an awardee in the Ecotrust-Buffet Award for Indigenous Conservation Leadership in NW North America. He currently is focusing on climate change, is on the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA), and has consulted with the National Congress of American Indians, the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Network, and other groups on Indigenous adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

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