Research area

Indigenous and local ecological knowledge

Researching on how Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ knowledge is affected by environmental change and how such knowledge can contribute to understand environmental change impacts.

We strive for a better understanding of the conditions under which indigenous and local ecological knowledge can contribute to positive environmental outcomes and to the understanding of the manifestations, drivers and impacts of nature degradation and climate change.

We are interested in the conditions under which Indigenous and local ecological knowledge systems can contribute to positive environmental outcomes (e.g., stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation).

We are also keen on exploring the potential of indigenous and of local knowledge systems to improve our understanding of local environmental change impacts on physical, biological, and socioeconomic systems and how such impacts are locally perceived and which strategies people adopt in their quest to adapt to change.

Keywords

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Local Environmental Knowledge
  • Ethno-climatological Knowledge
  • Climate Change Adaptation

Projects research area: "Indigenous and local ecological knowledge"

March 2020 - February 2022
  • Rural vulnerability
  • Climate change
  • Depopulation
  • Unequal trade
  • Exposure
  • Sensitivity
  • Adaptive capacity

Un índice de vulnerabilidad socio-ambiental para apoyar en el diseño de nuevas políticas de desarrollo rural en España

November 2020 - April 2022
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge
  • Policy
  • Networks
  • Participation

Bringing indigenous and local knowledge to climate change policy.

01-03-2022 until 28-02-2025
  • Ethnobotany
  • Medicinal Plants
  • One Health
  • Planetary Health
  • Ethnomedicine
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Local Ecological Knowledge

This study aims to empirically test a novel model for assessing the resilience of IPLC’s health care system taking a social-ecological lens. It addresses the current need to better understand how Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities' health care systems could adapt to current and future global change.

January 2023 – December 2027
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • ethnobiology
  • multi-scaled models
  • geospatial analysis
  • stewardship

This project aims to enrich ethnobiology’s field-based ethos with a global analytical focus, connecting on-the-ground realities with the higher spheres of international decision-making.

January 2015 – December 2019
  • Agroecology
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Citizen Science

This project evaluated citizen science as a tool to increase and diversify participation in traditional ecological knowledge conservation.

April 2017 - March 2020
  • Social-Ecological Mountain Systems
  • Community Conservation
  • Agdal
  • Argan Biosphere Reserve
  • Participatory Governance
  • Ethno-Ecology
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

Local and global approaches to sustainable territory management in the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, Morocco

October, 2017 – September, 2022
  • Pastoralism
  • Ecosystem services
  • customary-based governance
  • in-situ biodiversity conservation

Spearheading heritization procedures for conserving and supporting pastoral ICCAs in Mwanda-Marungu, Taita hills, Kenya

January 2016 - December 2019
  • Human-environment relations
  • Landscape
  • Diachronic
  • Mediterranean
  • Bio-cultural diversity.

Identifying the socio-ecological dynamics of agroecosystems, agrobiodiversity and anthropised landscapes of the Mediterranean

February 2019 - December 2019
  • Montenegrin ICCAs/commons
  • Pastoralism
  • Mediterranean Mountains
  • Heritage
  • Transdisciplinarity.

Exploring the possibilities of a paradigmatic pastoral common of Montenegro and its natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values

May 2017 - October 2019
  • Hispano-Moroccan ICCAs/commons
  • Pastoralism
  • Mediterranean Mountains
  • Heritage
  • Transdisciplinarity

Studying the performance of Hispano-Moroccan pastoral commons and their natural and cultural ‘heritage’ values

November 2017 - November 2020
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Morocco
  • Mediterranean
  • ICCAs/Commons
  • Bio-cultural diversity.

Communal governance systems for the sustainability of cultural land use practices securing biodiversity

December 2011 - November 2014
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Community-Based Conservation
  • Protected Areas
  • Biosphere Reserves
  • Adaptation
  • Resilience

Investigating the effectiveness of community-based conservation through a co-enquiry approach

January 2018 - December 2021
  • Environmental history
  • historical climatology
  • Barcelona
  • Little Ice Age
  • history of science

How knowledge about urban water supply was codified and transmitted during Barcelona's Little Ice Age (1300-1850 AD)

September 2015 – October 2020
  • Pastoral resources management
  • Customary-based management of commons
  • ICCAs
  • Agro-pastoralism
  • Wahehe

In-depth ethnographical description and eco-anthropological analysis of the customary-based management system of pastoral resources among the Wahehe, agropastoral group of Iringa region, Tanzania

  • Baka
  • Ethnoecology
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge
  • Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
  • Punan
  • Tsimane’

A cross-cultural analysis of the returns of Local Environmental Knowledge in three indigenous societies

January 2010 - December 2015
  • Bolivia
  • Infraestructure Development
  • Indigenous Peoples

The effects of roads on indigenous people’s well-being and use of natural resources. A natural experiment in lowland Bolivia

2011-2017
  • Archeology
  • India
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge

Simulating the past to understand human behaviour

2002-2019
  • Hunter-Gatherers
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge
  • Integration to market economy
  • wellbeing

A longitudinal study to examine how market exposure and modernization affect the well-being of a highly autarkic population, the Tsimane' in the Bolivian Amazon

October, 2020 - November, 2023
  • Living rural heritage
  • mountains
  • agro-forestry-pastoral practices
  • cultural memory
  • participation

The project will research and develop a ‘living heritage’ approach to conservation, promoting the ‘protection through use’ of upland environments and adjacent rural areas.

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