Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Practical Roles in Climate Change Adaptation and Conservation

Jerome M. Harrington (Editor)

Series: Climate Change and its Causes, Effects and Prediction
BISAC: NAT010000, SCI092000



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), also called by other names including Indigenous Knowledge or Native Science, refers to the evolving knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds or thousands of years through direct contact with the environment. This knowledge is specific to a location and includes the relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, landscapes and timing of events that are used for lifeways, including but not limited to hunting, fishing, trapping, agriculture, and forestry.

TEK is an accumulating body of knowledge, practice, and belief, evolving by adaptive processes and handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of living beings (human and non-human) with one another and with the environment. It encompasses the world view of indigenous people which includes ecology, spirituality, human and animal relationships, and more. This book discusses the practical roles in climate change adaptation and conservation that traditional ecological knowledge provides. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Exploring the Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Climate Change Initiatives
Kirsten Vinyeta and Kathy Lynn

Chapter 2. Indigenous Stewardship Methods and NRCS Conservation Practices Guidebook
NRCS/Native Practices Work Group

Chapter 3. Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Application by Service Scientists
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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