Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS)

"Local and indigenous knowledge" refers to the cumulative and complex bodies of knowledge, know-how, practices and representations that are maintained and developed by peoples with extended histories of interactions with the natural environment. The objective of UNESCO’s LINKS (Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems) programme is to advocate recognition and mobilization of the unique knowledge, know-how and practices of local and indigenous peoples in order to strengthen their capacity to make their own informed choices for a sustainable future.

Rural and indigenous peoples possess their own knowledge, practices and representations of the natural environment, as well as their own conceptions about how human interactions with nature should be managed.

Activities implemented under LINKS aim to build dialogue amongst traditional knowledge holders, natural and social scientists, resource managers and decision-makers to enhance biodiversity conservation and secure an active and equitable role for local communities in resource governance. The survival of indigenous knowledge as a dynamic and vibrant resource within rural and indigenous communities depends upon its continued transmission from generation to generation.

The LINKS programme strengthens knowledge transmission between elders and youth, and explores pathways to balance community-based knowledge with global knowledge in formal and non-formal education.

Key modalities for LINKS actions include:

  • demonstration projects in collaboration with rural and indigenous communities
  • action research on key concerns and issues
  • information and communication technologies to record, manage and transmit indigenous knowledge and know-how
  • training to build local capacities in relevant multimedia techniques
  • international workshops and seminars to promote reflection and dialogue

For more information about UNESCO’s LINKS Programme please click here.

LINKS activities implemented by UNESCO Office, Jakarta are as follows:

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