Working with indigenous, local and scientific knowledge in assessments of nature and nature’s linkages with people,

In Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume (Issue): 43
Peer-reviewed Article

Working with indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) is vital for inclusive assessments of nature and nature’s linkages with people. Indigenous peoples’ concepts about what constitutes sustainability, for example, differ markedly from dominant sustainability discourses. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) is promoting dialogue across different knowledge systems globally. In 2017, member states of IPBES adopted an ILK Approach including: procedures for assessments of nature and nature’s linkages with people; a participatory mechanism; and institutional arrangements for including indigenous peoples and local communities. We present this Approach and how it supports ILK in IPBES assessments through: respecting rights; supporting care and mutuality; strengthening communities and their knowledge systems; and supporting knowledge exchange. Customary institutions that ensure the integrity of ILK, dialogues, and shared governance are among critical capacities that enable inclusion of diverse conceptualizations of sustainability in assessments.

Author:
Rosemary
Hill
Çiğdem
Adem
Wilfred
VAlangui
Zsolt
Molnár
Yildiz
Aumeeruddy-Thomas
Peter
Bridgewater
Maria
Tengö
Randy
Thaman
Constant
Yao
Fikret
Berkes
Joji
Carino
Manuela
da Cunha
Mariteuw
Diaw
Sandra
Díaz
Viviana
Figueroa
Judy
Fisher
Preston
Hardison
Kaoru
Ichikawa
Peris
Kariuki
Madhav
Karki
Phil
Lyver
Pernilla
Malmer
Onel
Masardule
Alfred
Yeboah
Diego
Pacheco
Tamar
Pataridze
Edgar
Perez
Michèle-Marie
Rou
Hassan
Roba
Jennifer
Rubis
Dayuan
Xue
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