Safeguarding Traditional Knowledge: How to better recognise and include traditional knowledge in biodiversity conservation

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Traditional knowledge and Indigenous peoples and local communities’ way of life play a key role in protecting and maintaining both biological and cultural diversity. By recognising and including traditional knowledge in decision making for national biodiversity policy and protected area management a number of benefits are gained: 1) using a rights-based participatory approach leads to better and more cost-effective conservation outcomes; 2) supporting the use of traditional knowledge helps to safeguard this unique knowledge system and communities’ cultural heritage and 3) progress on a number of global biodiversity and development goals are achieved when all knowledge systems are respected and included in the evidence-base.

This brief describes a new multimethod approach and how it can be used to support Governments, Civil Society as well as Indigenous peoples and local communities to advance the safeguarding of traditional knowledge and achieve progress on global biodiversity and development goals.

Carla Bengoa Rojas

Carla Bengoa Rojas

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