Research area

Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and environmental change

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 investigate how Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ knowledge is affected by environmental change and how such knowledge can contribute to understand environmental change impacts. We acknowledge that these Peoples and communities often live in remote areas but their interaction with nature and their management practices render benefits for society at large (e.g., multifunctional landscapes, crop genetic diversity, biodiversity).

We thus strive for:

  • A better understanding of the conditions under which traditional, local and indigenous knowledge systems can contribute to positive environmental outcomes (e.g., sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation); and
  • Showing the potential of indigenous and local knowledge systems to improve our understanding of local climate 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 real or perceived changes.

Keywords

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

Projects research area: "Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and environmental change"

June 2018 - May 2023
  • Climate Change
  • Ethnoclimatology
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge
  • Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Bringing indigenous and local knowledge to climate change research.

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, 2021
  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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