Amplifying the voices of indigenous communities
SciDev.Net, 8 August 2013

LONDON, UK: The UNESCO LINKS programme brings together the sophisticated and often ancient natural world knowledge held by local and indigenous societies across the globe. Unlocking these unique ways of knowing — including environmental knowledge, philosophy, resource use practice, and ritual  — is fundamental to driving development that is both sustainable and appropriate. Douglas Nakashima, section chief of UNESCO LINKS (Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems), argues that the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) should not “reinvent the wheel” but instead recognize and build upon the invaluable networks that have been created to engage traditional knowledge holders — from the unique whale migration insights of the Iñupiaq people in the northwest Arctic, to marine science understanding developed over centuries by communities in the Pacific Islands. Read the article …