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Biology and Traditional Knowledge 2010 Achievements


In 2010, we hosted a symposium on Traditional Knowledge and Biology as part of the UNESCO symposium on Mountains. Over half the participants of the entire symposium (>100) attended with lively discussions and future projects planned.

Achievements:

- Conferences organised: 1

- Workshops organised: within the conference: 6

- Publications: Fenstad, J. E., P. Hoyningen-Huene, Q. Hu, J. Kokwaro, D. Nakashima, J. Salick, W. Shrum, and B. V. Subbarayappa 2002. Science, traditional knowledge and sustainable development. ICSU Series on Sustainable Dev
A synthetic publication of our 3 symposia is in press at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

- Impacts on education: Education Committee of IUBS was incorporated in our South African conference. Capacity training on Indigenous Knowledge and Science is on-going in many of the participating countries.

- Relevance for the scientific community: Science has much to gain from understanding other forms of knowledge of direct relevance to the public and to other cultures. Vice-versa, of course, the public and other cultures have much to learn from science.

- Development of partnership: our goal is the formation of multi-cultural partnerships between science and traditional knowledge around the world. The list of countries in which we are involved attest to the success of this goal.

- Innovation: Many of our innovations deal with understanding adaptations and mitigrations of environmental change including climate change based on traditional knowledge.

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