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ISSN: 
0908-6692 (online)
DOI: 
10.6027/09086692
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Local knowledge and resource management

Local knowledge and resource management

On the use of indigenous and local knowledge to document and manage natural resources in the Arctic You do not have access to this content

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Author(s):
Nordic Council of Ministers
02 Mar 2015
Pages:
84
ISBN:
9789289339230 (PDF) ; 9789289339223 (EPUB)
DOI: 
10.6027/tn2015-506

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The climate is changing, and the people in the Arctic are facing huge challenges. Many rely on natural resources for both subsistence and income. Successful adaptation to climate change and the sustainable use of resources require observation of the environment. Scientific knowledge of the environment is incomplete, and conventional scientific monitoring is logistically difficult. Arctic citizens observe the environment all year-round. Their observations and knowledge are, however, not systematically used in the political decision process. An international symposium was therefore organized to encourage Arctic cooperation, and to exchange experiences, on the use of citizens’ knowledge and observations to document natural resources and inform the political process. The meeting drew participants from all the Arctic countries. Their discussions and conclusions are presented in this report.

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  • Foreword
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  • Background

    This report documents a symposium hosted by the Greenland Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA), and Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology. The symposium was convened from 2–3 December 2013 in North Atlantic House, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Summary

    The Greenland Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, ELOKA (Exhange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic) and Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology organized a symposium on the use of indigenous and local knowledge to manage resources in the Arctic. The symposium was held in Copenhagen, on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2013. The participants were resource persons and specialists from civil society and government agencies with experience in this field. The objectives were to identify common experiences, problems, opportunities and strategic responses, so as to increase the cumulative impact of efforts to use indigenous and local knowledge to document and manage resources in the Arctic.

  • Proceedings of the symposium

    The minutes below summarise the presentations and discussions at the symposium. For the purpose of quick reference, the key points raised during the meeting are highlighted as quotes in small letters.

  • Proposal for cooperation on the use of indigenous and local knowledge to manage resources in the Arctic

    At the symposium, it was concluded that to strengthen community-tocommunity experience exchange and cooperation activities on the use of indigenous and local knowledge to manage resources, a proposal should be developed. Moreover, it was agreed that the proposal should be based on the symposium discussions and circulated to all participants within two months so as to allow opportunities for discussion within the participants’ organisations.

  • Symposium programme
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