Working with Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – An Analysis of Selected Case Studies from WWF Projects Worldwide as a Contribution to IPBES-2
WWF, 2013

The case studies assembled in this publication illustrate how indigenous and local knowledge is applied in biodiversity monitoring and management of protected areas all over the world, testifying to the potential of their inclusion in building synergies among diverse knowledge systems. To inform the IPBES process, an outline of principles for engagement with indigenous and local knowledge-holders is suggested, inspired by relevant examples from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Furthermore, WWF presents its experiences with methodologies for participatory biodiversity assessments that are characterized by a strong sense of ownership by indigenous and local knowledge-holders. In order to build synergies among knowledge systems for the benefit of biodiversity conservation, these tools enable knowledge collaborators to jointly formulate research questions, choose data gathering methods, and work together in interpreting the results in order to draw policy-relevant conclusions for the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Download the report [pdf] …