In Memory of Khadija Catherine Razavi
The Global Forest Coalition expresses its deepest sadness over the loss of our colleague Khadija Catherine Razavi, founder and chair of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA) in Iran, one of our member groups. We extend our solidarity in this time and would like to share the following from CENESTA:
It is with a broken heart and extreme sadness that we have to inform you all that our beloved Chair of the Board, Khadija Catherine Razavi, passed away on Saturday, 16 April 2022.
Catherine was an outspoken, strong, and unwavering voice for the non-human environment and an important advocate for the persistent existence of indigenous peoples and local communities and the integrity of their territories. Catherine worked tirelessly, steadfastly and she was resolved in her belief that Iran already has ancestral knowledge and culture that ensure food security and sovereignty, sustainable use of water resources, conservation of pastures, and many other aspects of life.
She was a warm and loving mother, friend, grandmother, and project leader. Our beloved Catherine walked step by step with nomads in their summering and wintering grounds all across Iran. Catherine considered environmental protection to be an integral part of the lives of local communities, especially nomads, and a process of sustainable development and crucial for the survival of all people in the country. She loved all the cultural manifestations of indigenous peoples and local communities; she considered them symbols of the identity of the Iranian societies. Our dear Catherine saw beyond the constraints of development and the seeing nature as a thing to be dominated over. She never failed to remind us that our native and indigenous knowledge was far more valuable and effective for the cultural survival of Iranian societies, languages, and ceremonies. Mother Nature has lost one of its most dedicated advocates.