Traditional Ecological Knowledge Informing Large-Scale Conservation in the Pacific Islands

Friday, October 24, 2014: 3:15 PM-4:15 PM
Polaris B (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
Conservation, as a human-derived activity, involves: biological and cultural (biocultural) resource knowledge, sustainable management actions, and governance.  In Hawai‘i and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands, conservation is driven largely by the  communities, practitioner, and user groups that rely upon the biocultural resources to subsist and sustain their lifestyles.  This interdependent relationship has existed for thousands of years and manifest in the culture, language, and traditions of the resident populations on specific islands or archipelagos as traditional ecological knowledge.  This session highlights several examples of how traditional ecological knowledge is used to support various large-scale conservation activities including biocultural resource mapping, community based adaptation, and cultural preservation.
Stanton Enomoto
Session Chair:
Deanna Spooner
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