A World of Science by theme: Local and Indigenous knowledge

  • Protecting a land of fire and ice (2013, EN, ESGER), on efforts by Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile to promote sustainable tourism, to protect one of the planet’s last wildernesses and create jobs
  • Weathering Uncertainty in the Arctic (2012, EN, ES, FR), on how indigenous peoples and scientists are working together to monitor climate change in the Arctic
  • Saved by their Ancestors (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how local knowledge saved thousands of lives during the tragic Japanese tsunami which struck in March 2011
  • The Bushbruckridge Healers’ Path to Justice (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how traditional healers in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve in South Africa will benefit from a revolution in environmental law due to be adopted by the United Nations
  • Fisheries in a Cod Climate (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why Norwegians of the north are confident that their local fishing economy will be able to withstand warmer waters better than the Norwegian economy as a whole
  • Saving the Guggul Plant (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on one man’s struggle to save a medicinal plant from extinction in India
  • Mayangna Knowledge Deep in the Heart of Mesoamerica (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on this indigenous people’s struggle to protect one of the last extensive areas of Central American tropical rainforest, in the Boswas and Rio Platano Biosphere Reserves in Nicaragua and Honduras respectively
  • Why Modern Agriculture must Change (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the findings of a major international assessment involving UNESCO that advocates agro-ecology, a blend of modern science and traditional knowledge, and food sovereignty, which favours food crops over cash crops
  • The Day Mount Manaro Stirred (2007, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on blending volcanology with traditional knowledge to prepare for volcanic eruptions like that of Manaro in 2005
  • The Knowledge that Saved the Sea Gypsies (2005, EN, FR), on how the Moken people survived the devastating tsunami of December 2004 in the Indian Ocean
  • Small Islands Step into the Limelight (2004, EN, FR), on the socio-economic and environmental challenges facing small islands in the run up to the adoption of the Mauritius Strategy in 2005
  • The Pastoralists of Wadi Allaqi (2003, EN, FR), on the techniques pastoralists have developed in Wadi Allaqi Biosphere Reserve to survive in a region where it only rains every few years; introduces the research done by the UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair within the biosphere reserve
  • Journey to the Highest Lake in the World (2003, EN, FR), case study of Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru, and its indigenous populations, taken from the first World Water Development Report
  • Protecting Himalayan Biodiversity (2002, EN, FR), on a study planned for Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India on the virtues of large-scale cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants
  • UNESCO and Johannesburg (2002, EN, FR), on UNESCO’s strategy for following up the World Summit on Sustainable Development

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