Village-level Documentation and Transmission of Local Environmental Knowledge, Solomon Islands
This Pilot Project was intended as a practical demonstration and testing of the role of educational material in vernacular language for fostering the transmission and development of indigenous environmental knowledge through dialogue across generations, from a primary anchorage in the school system that highlights the connections between local knowledge and science.
A place for indigenous people in protected areas, Surin Islands, Andaman Sea, Thailand
Today there is wide recognition of the need for local-community involvement in the conservation of cultural landscapes and natural heritage. With their unique knowledge, skills and traditions, local communities have much to contribute to the management of these areas. However, when regulations are introduced that restrict their ability to maintain their traditional culture and lifestyle, this raises serious concerns.
Mayangna – Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, Nicaragua
In recent decades, recognition of the intimate relationship between people and places has grown so that cultural diversity is acknowledged as a crucial factor in maintaining the world’s biodiversity. Yet still today, innumerable conservation initiatives remain mired in a dualistic vision that opposes humans and nature.
Cree First Nations of James Bay, Quebec, Canada
Canada's 'bush schools' project has been chosen on a new list, Harmony, which recognizes cultural practices that contribute, in a sustainable manner, to improved quality of life.
'Walking Out' is a Cree ceremony that celebrates the moment when a child walks outside for the very first time.
Documentation and Application of Indigenous Knowledge in Charan (Tangail), Bangladesh
Big fish or small? Development projects very often seek to improve the quality of life through interventions aimed to enhance economic activity. Yet when these interventions fail to acknowledge local knowledge, choices and aspirations, they can have unintended negative effects. For the fishermen of Charan in Bangladesh, bigger is not necessarily better.
Once protected, then promoted and now obsolete: the changing status of knowledge of Azolla in Vietnam
Knowledge about natural resources is always as much an issue of politics and economics as ecology or agronomy. In Vietnam a potent natural fertilizer for rice called Azolla was once a closely guarded secret by a few villages before being widely promoted as a socialist paradigm for collective productivity. Today it has been sidelined by new hybrid rice varieties and the use of chemical fertilizers under the aegis of industrial agriculture. One plant, with powerful fertilizing properties, has fulfilled dramatically different roles according to different ideals of society.
A tree at the centre: The Mapuche-Pewenche, people of the Araucaria
In the Andes of southern Chile, near the border with Argentina, the Araucaria tree is an ecological keystone species. At the same time it plays a central role in the economic, social and spiritual lives of the indigenous inhabitants of the area, who call themselves ‘Mapuche-Pewenche’ - the people of the Araucaria tree.
Even and Koryak peoples living in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka World Heritage Site, Russia
The goal of this project is to strengthen the role of indigenous peoples and their knowledge in managing the protected area in which they live. In collaboration with the communities of Esso and Anavgai, and with experts at the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Science and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany), it is a contribution to the on-going UNDP-GEF project on biodiversity conservation.
Other field projects are under development
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