Bridging knowledges: understanding and applying indigenous and western scientific knowledge for marine wildlife management

Weiss, Kristen, Hamann, Mark, and Marsh, Helene (2013) Bridging knowledges: understanding and applying indigenous and western scientific knowledge for marine wildlife management. Society and Natural Resources, 26 (3). pp. 285-302.

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Abstract

Cross-cultural knowledge sharing in natural resource management is receiving growing academic attention. Further consideration is necessary regarding how indigenous and Western knowledges are understood and validated by resource managers. Using a marine co-management case study in northern Australia, we explored how indigenous and nonindigenous managers engage with indigenous and Western scientific knowledge. Interview participants discussed the utility of empirical information within each knowledge system, but engaged less with the beliefs and worldviews framing knowledge. Based on interview responses, we developed a typology that describes the main ways resource managers engage with indigenous and Western scientific knowledge in this management system. We suggest several steps to help achieve a more integrative approach to knowledge utilization in indigenous co-management contexts. Ensuring that resource managers understand and respect multiple ways of knowing will improve stakeholder collaboration engagement across cultures.

Item ID: 24849
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: Australia, co-management, cross-cultural, indigenous knowledge, indigenous management, natural resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, worldview
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2013 01:12
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
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