Diversities of Knowledge:

Building indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) into IPBES

A Side Event at IPBES-2, Antalya, Turkey

Tuesday 10 December 2013 from 1:15 PM to 3:00 PM, Room MAXIMUS 1, Rixos Sungate Hotel, Antalya

Jointly organized by members of the MEP, UNESCO, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Forest Peoples Programme

With support from the Ministry of Environment, Japan, and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Agenda and Presentations


IPBES is facing many challenges. One of them is to engage indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) holders and their communities across all four functions of IPBES. Without ILK, decision-making at the science-policy interface would be based on incomplete knowledge, as the great majority of biodiversity occurs on indigenous lands and territories. At issue is the need to set in place an environment and process that gains the trust of ILK-holders, convinces them that IPBES will have a positive impact on their lives, and supports them in an equitable sharing and exchange of knowledge. To this end, the Plenary has requested the MEP to elaborate procedures and approaches for working across different knowledge systems. While significant efforts to address this goal have been made in recent decades, the experiences, methods and degrees of success have varied greatly from initiative to initiative, and region to region.

This side event reports on the outcomes of the international expert workshop on ILK in IPBES that took place in Tokyo from 9-11 June 2013. It also considers emerging approaches such as: (i) the Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) that explores options for indigenous and local knowledge holders to engage on equal terms with scientific knowledge holders on the basis of their own reference frames and epistemologies, and (ii) the Community Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS) initiative, that has been developed by indigenous peoples and local communities for their own monitoring of issues relevant to ecosystems, for the benefit of biological and cultural revitalization, human well-being and indigenous self-determination. In addition, case studies will be considered from Latin America and Africa that bridge between ILK and science, and provide lessons learned (both positive and negative) to inform the process of developing IPBES guidelines.

Finally, the side event will provide an opportunity for Members and Stakeholders to discuss the draft IPBES work programme component that will produce by 2016 the Deliverable 1(c): Procedures and approaches for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems (IPBES/2/2/Add.1). It will also be an opportunity to indicate how ILK will be taken on board in the first round of fast track, thematic, subregional, regional and global assessments, and how lesson learned from these pilot efforts IPBES can nourish and inform the Procedures to be finalized by 2016.



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Co-Chaired by Edna Kaptoyo, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya, and Douglas Nakashima, UNESCO

Welcome and opening remarks by the Co-Chairs

Settıng the stage: Goals and actions of the draft IPBES Work Program Deliverable 1(c) on ILK within IPBES Edgar Perez, MEP member (Guatemala) 

Outcomes from the IPBES Expert workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi, University of Tokyo, Japan, and UNU 

A Multiple Evidence Base approach for connecting diverse knowledge systems Pernilla Malmer, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden 

Community Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS) 

List of resources on CBMIS Joji Carino, Forest Peoples Programme and IIFB, UK and the Philippines 

Ecomapping Case Study from Africa Simon Mitambo, African Biodiversity Network, Kenya

Movıng ILK forward: linkages between the first round assessments and Objective I (c) Ann Bartuska, MEP member (USA)


Dr Diego Pacheco, Plurinational State of Bolivia

Professor Alfred Apau Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana

Dr Brigitte Baptiste, Columbia

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