strategy

Disseminating environmental knowledge using local customs

Synonyms:
Using local customs in disseminating traditional and formal knowledge
Transmitting traditional knowledge
Communicating indigenous knowledge
Transmitting traditional ecological knowledge
Communicating indigenous resource management systems
Context:
Countries and the United Nations system should increase their interaction with and include, as appropriate, indigenous people in the management, planning and development of their local environment, and should promote dissemination of traditional and socially learned knowledge through means based on local customs, especially in rural areas, integrating these efforts with the electronic media, whenever appropriate.
Implementation:
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

Traditionally traditional ecological knowledge is transmited in many ways, but mostly by repeated practice in an apprenticeship under and elder. The information may be embedde in basketry, in stories, poems, or songs.

Claim:
Local knowledge embraces information about location, movements and otehr factors explaining spatial patterns and timings in the ecosystem, including sequences of events, cycles and trends. Direct links with the land are fundamental, and obligations to maintain those connections form the core of individual and group identity for many indigenous peoples.
Subjects:
Resources
Ecology
Minority, indigenous groups
Local
Telecommunications
Communication
Customs
Folk traditions
Management
Systems
Environment
Type Classification:
G: Very Specific strategies