Local & Indigenous Knowledge
Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not limited to natural sciences. Local and indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. Promoting the use of this knowledge in sustainable development is a core mandate of UNESCO.
In the Pacific islands, vast bodies of knowledge, know-how and practices have been built up over centuries and include, for example, naming and classfication systems or resource-use practices. The UNESCO Apia Office engages actively in the promotion of these knowledge systems throughout all sectors.
Projects and activities:
- Indigenous Knowledge Posters: a series of seven posters published in local Pacific languages
- The Canoe is the People: an interactive resource on traditional navigation in the Pacific
- Traditional Knowledge Calendars for Informing Climate Change Policies
- Climate Frontlines: an internet discussion forum for indigenous peoples, small islands and local communities
- Reef and Rainforest: a number of resources on the environment and people of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
- Traditional Warning Signs for Cyclones in the Cook Islands: a video documentary for using local and indigenous knowledge for cyclone prediction
If you are interesting to find out more about this topic, have a look at UNESCO's Local and Indigenous Knowledge (LINKS) programme.