Indigenous knowledge, people and nature – all crucial to Kunming: Make Change Happen podcast episode 11

Article, 26 April 2021

In this episode of Make Change happen, we explore the concept of 'biocultural heritage', which comes from the lived experience of Indigenous Peoples, and is critical to the success of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework up for negotiation in Kunming later this year.

IIED’s ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast provides an opportunity to hear our researchers and guests discuss key global development challenges and explain what we are doing to support positive change. 

In this episode, we learn about the term 'biocultural heritage' and discuss the benefits of recognising and applying Indigenous knowledge to biodiversity conservation.

Hosted by Liz Carlile, this podcast features IIED’s principal researcher Krystyna Swiderska; Alejandro Argumedo, Quechua native from southern Peru and coordinator of the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP); Pierre Du Plessis, expert advisor in the Convention on Biological Diversity from Namibia; and Joji Carino, Ibaloi Igorot from the Philippines, senior policy advisor with Forest Peoples programme, and Indigenous Peoples’ negotiator on biodiversity.

Introducing Indigenous knowledge in policymaking

Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) have been the guardians of biodiversity for thousands of years. As a result, today, IPLCs conserve the world’s richest biodiversity on their lands and territories using a holistic approach that brings together their biological and cultural legacy: wild and domesticated biodiversity, traditional knowledge, cultural and spiritual values, customary laws and traditional languages.

The belief in a unified biocultural heritage has allowed Indigenous Peoples to develop successful and long-term strategies for biodiversity conservation.  

As the UN biodiversity convention and the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework approach, this episode of Make Change Happen advocates for the rights of Indigenous People and Local Communities to be recognised, and for Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge to be considered at the centre of global governance and policymaking efforts.

Find out more by listening to the episode.

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The ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast provides informal insights into IIED’s work to create positive change and make the complex issues we face more accessible to wider audiences. The title refers to IIED’s 2019-2024 strategy, which sets out how IIED plans to respond to the critical challenges of our time. 

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