Stepping out of our paradigm: a path for the integration of scientific and traditional ecological knowledge in natural resource management

Gratani, Monica, and Butler, James R.A. (2010) Stepping out of our paradigm: a path for the integration of scientific and traditional ecological knowledge in natural resource management. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Traditional Knowledge Conference 2010, pp. 115-118. From: 4th International Traditional Knowledge Conference, 6–9 June 2010, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

The call for the integration of scientific and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in natural resource and environment management (NREM) is now stronger than ever. Australian central and state governments have indicated that "knowledge integration" in NREM is a way to pursue social equity and enhance sustainability. Yet a clear path for integrating knowledge systems on the ground is still to be developed, which often hinders the dialogue between holders of different knowledge systems. In this paper we argue that the integration of knowledge systems in NREM should be pursued at the level of the knowledge production process and with the involvement of knowledge holders. We are aware that integrating TEK and scientific knowledge requires a change of social values. To achieve this change, we argue that both scientific and traditional ecological knowledge holders need to step out of their own paradigms and meet each other half way.

Item ID: 41263
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: knowledge integration, traditional ecological knowledge, co-management, indigenous values, validation, freshwater
ISBN: 978-0-9864622-0-7
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2015 04:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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