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

Rosemary Hill, Çiğdem Adem, Wilfred V. Alangui, Zsolt Molnár, Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Peter Bridgewater, Maria Tengö, Randy Thaman, Constant Y. Adou Yao, Fikret Berkes, Joji Carino, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Mariteuw C. Diaw, Sandra Díaz, Viviana E. Figueroa, Judy Fisher, Preston Hardison, Kaoru Ichikawa, Peris Kariuki, Madhav KarkiPhil OB Lyver, Pernilla Malmer, Onel Masardule, Alfred A. Oteng Yeboah, Diego Pacheco, Tamar Pataridze, Edgar Perez, Michèle Marie Roué, Hassan Roba, Jennifer Rubis, Osamu Saito, Dayuan Xue

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Abstract

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 analyse 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, effective empowering dialogues, and shared governance are among critical capacities that enable inclusion of diverse conceptualizations of sustainability in assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-20
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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