Plants and People

Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) is defined as a ‘cumulative body of knowledge, practice, and belief, evolving by adaptive processes and handed down through generations by cultural transmission about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and their environment (Berkes, 2012, p.7).’ The analysis of ILK indicates a dialectical relationship between local observations and knowledge of species and other phenomena, a component of practice in the ways people carry out their resource activities and belief regarding how knowledge and practices relate to ecosystems forming a nested ‘knowledge-practice-belief’ complex. My work focuses on the nature of ILK systems, the process of continuity and change that influences knowledge transfer across generations and the role ILK can play for biodiversity conservation.

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