Rural and indigenous peoples possess their own knowledge, practices and representations of the natural environment, as well as their own conceptions about how human interactions with nature should be managed.
The LINKS project builds dialogue amongst traditional knowledge holders, natural and social scientists, resource managers and decision-makers to enhance biodiversity conservation and secure an active and equitable role for local communities in resource governance. The survival of indigenous knowledge as a dynamic and vibrant resource within rural and indigenous communities depends upon its continuing transmission from generation to generation.
The LINKS project strengthens knowledge transmission between elders and youth, and explores pathways to balance community-based knowledge with global knowledge in formal and non-formal education.
Key modalities for LINKS action include:
- demonstration projects in collaboration with rural and indigenous communities
- action research on key concerns and issues
- information and communication technologies to record, manage and transmit indigenous knowledge and know-how
- training to build local capacities in relevant multimedia techniques
- international workshops and seminars to promote reflection and dialogue
Languages and Multilinguism
Nakashima, D. 2007. The Local & Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme of UNESCO. Indigenous Peoplesĺ Centre for Documentation, Research and Information (doCIP), Update 76 July/September 2007, Pp. 20-23.
Nakashima, D. and Nilsson, A. 2006. Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity: Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) project. Pp. 385-388. In: Petitjean, P., Zharov, V., Glaser, G., Richardson, J., de Padirac, B. and Archibald, G. (eds.). 60 years of Science at UNESCO 1945-2005, UNESCO, Paris.