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Traditional knowledge

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  • The CBD COP13 logo. IIED and partners will be at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Cancun, Mexico, in December

    IIED at the biodiversity COP in Cancun

    IIED and partners will be at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Cancun, Mexico, in December to highlight sustainable solutions that protect biodiversity

    24 November 2016 | Article | Biodiversity
  • The Stone Village Seed Park lies in the Himalayan foothills of Yunnan, Southwest China. It is the homeland of the ethnic minority Naxi people. 

    Biocultural heritage territories film now in Spanish

    A visually stunning photofilm that profiles three biocultural heritage terriritories and their role in biodiversity conservation and locally determined development is now available in Spanish. Biocultural heritage territories protect indigenous and traditional land tenure and use land management to preserve fragile ecosystems and promote locally determined patterns of development

    30 August 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Workshop participants touring the Stone Village in China (Photo: Irene Song)

    Mountain peoples call for support to protect traditional knowledge

    More than 50 indigenous mountain peoples representing mountain communities in China, Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Peru gathered in the Stone Village, in Yunnan, Southwest China in May 2016, to discuss the impact of climate change on their communities. At the end of their meeting they issued the Stone Village Declaration, calling for urgent support for their traditional ways of managing natural resources, and setting out eight actions for the international community

    4 July 2016 | News | Biodiversity
  • Sorting apricots in Tajikistan. The diverse and extreme climatic conditions of Central Asia helped farmers develop fruit varieties adaptable to drought and other environmental stresses (Photo: UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The Paris Agreement – a framework for local inclusion

    The Paris Agreement commits governments to climate action. To deliver this agenda successfully, they must engage with all sectors of society, including indigenous peoples, and recognise traditional knowledge

    5 February 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • The Potato Park, Peru, which hosted a previous meeting of the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Image: IIED)

    Mountain communities rebuild diverse, climate-resilient crops

    The Sustainable Development Goals have been agreed, but for mountain communities around the world this action can't come quickly enough. Climate change is already here, threatening their food security, nutrition and livelihoods

    6 October 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The Amaru community, in Peru, do not use any fertiliser on their crops (Image: Adam Kerby)

    'Guardians of Diversity' film in Spanish and Chinese

    A film documenting an international meeting of indigenous farmers in Peru's Potato Park to discuss adaptation to climate change is now available in Spanish and Chinese

    16 February 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • A farmer in the Potato Park, Peru (Photo: Adam Kerby)

    A marriage to save the earth: Farmers and researchers innovate to conserve biodiversity

    Traditional knowledge combined with the latest science could increase food production while safeguarding biodiversity, new research shows

    7 October 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Early start: A cow being milked at first light in the village of Kimokouwa (credit: Toby Mitchell)

    Mixing meteorology with traditions to improve climate forecasts for pastoralists

    Tanzanian meteorologists and traditional weather forecasters in pastoralist communities are working together to develop a unified system of climate information.

    19 March 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Indigenous communities sharing potatoes in the Potato Park, near Cusco, Peru. Credit: Asociacion ANDES

    Traditional innovation in farming is under threat

    Indigenous knowledge is innovative, not static. Protecting it will help food security.

    2 October 2013 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Farmers sharing potatoes in the Potato Park near Pisaq (Sacred Valley), Peru. Photo: Asociacion ANDES

    Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge

    The current system of intellectual property rights is designed to promote commercial and scientific innovation. It offers little scope for protecting the knowledge rights of indigenous peoples, traditional farmers and healers, whose survival requires collective — not exclusive — access to new knowledge and innovations.

    14 April 2013 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Farmers sit in a field sharing potatoes in the Potato Park, Peru.

    Making the Nagoya Protocol work at the community level

    Two safeguards for communities' rights to resources can help implement the Nagoya Protocol.

    4 July 2012 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

    The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. It’s a key reminder of how fundamental biodiversity is to the health of planetary systems as well as human prosperity and wellbeing — and a chance for all of us to learn more.

    4 December 2011 | Article | Biodiversity
  • With food and climate change, policymakers risk betting on the wrong horse

    Governments are ignoring a vast store of knowledge -- generated over thousands of years -- that could protect food supplies and make agriculture more resilient to climate change, says a briefing published today by IIED.

    31 October 2011 | News | Climate change
  • New website shows how nature plus culture equals resilience

    Nature and culture are deeply linked. Together they are central to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of marginalised people around the world, and will be critical to how they respond to climate change and other environmental challenges.

    18 May 2011 | News | Biodiversity
  • UN food treaty on plant genetic resources must protect farmers’ rights

    The International Institute for Environment and Development urges the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to do more to protect farmers' customary rights over biological resources.

    14 March 2011 | News | Biodiversity
  • Major deposit in biodiversity bank to protect future of food

    The future of the world's fourth most important crop will receive a boost thanks to plans by communities in Peru to send thousands of seeds for storage in a fortified vault, deep in an ice-clad Norwegian mountain.

    22 February 2011 | News | Biodiversity
  • Protect and survive: customary safeguards, traditional knowledge

    In thousands of rural communities from Bolivia to Bangladesh, traditional knowledge makes up the living core of culture. Bound up with local livelihoods and biodiversity, it forms a holistic system precisely tailored to local needs and environmental capacity. Its evolution over time and through shifting conditions ensures traditional practices are robust and adaptable to climate change.

    9 November 2009 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Seed industry and UN agency ignore traditional ways to protect biodiversity and knowledge

    Communities worldwide risk losing control over their traditional knowledge and biological resources because a UN agency (the World Intellectual Property Organisation -WIPO) and the global seed industry insist on using Western intellectual property standards for managing access to them.

    9 November 2009 | Article | Biodiversity
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