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Engaging with Indigenous and local knowledge for the conservation of mountain landscapes

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Working with Indigenous and local knowledge holders is crucial to conserving mountain landscapes. It can provide the systemic approaches needed to reconcile nature conservation with human wellbeing. From a decolonial perspective, it is also fundamental to creating more just conservation initiatives that respect the rights of Indigenous and local communities. In this online dialogue, MRD authors will discuss their findings on these issues with Indigenous representatives, practitioners, and the audience to explore innovative conservation practices centered on Indigenous and local knowledge.

It is increasingly recognized that Indigenous and local knowledge plays a key role in biodiversity conservation, local livelihoods, and adaptation to social-ecological changes. Two MRD articles examine this role from different perspectives, demonstrating its importance and analyzing experiences of Indigenous-led conservation. In this MRD Talk, the authors—including academics and Indigenous representatives—will present their findings and discuss their recommendations with invited panelists from civil society organizations, who will share their own practical experiences of working with and supporting Indigenous and local communities in different mountain areas of the world. With cases from Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Morocco, and Uganda, this online dialogue is an opportunity to learn from experiences and explore effective and just conservation practices that respect and build on the knowledge of Indigenous and local communities.

Register by 5 December 2022

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Panelists

María E. Fernández-Giménez

Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Soufiane M’Sou

Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association, Marrakech, Morocco

Courtney W. Mason

Natural Resource Science and Tourism Management Departments, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Bill Snow

Stoney Tribal Administration, Mini Thni, Alberta, Canada

Penninah Zaninka

United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda, Kisoro, Uganda

Moderators

Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Associate Editor, Mountain Research and Development | Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland


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