Gloria Amor Paredes

Salumayag Youth Collective for Forests

Gloria Amor Paredes is an environmental education and community development specialist. She is the co-founder of Salumayag Youth Collective for Forests, an Indigenous youth and women-led initiative in Mindanao, Philippines that empowers local and Indigenous communities in the stewardship of their ancestral lands through regenerative practices and narratives. With partner farmers and community youth, Amor leads Salumayag Youth in reweaving ancestral forests through their forest restoration program that focuses on regenerating farm boundaries and water source areas. They also manage a community seed bank to promote crop genetic diversity in food and agriculture as well as harness environmental storytelling as a way to celebrate indigenous way of life.