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Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation Research: Problems and Prospects for their Constructive Engagement

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Shackeroff, Janna M.; Campbell, Lisa M.
Journal: Conservation & Society
Volume: 5
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3182
Sector: Social Organization
General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): indigenous knowledge
indigenous institutions
marine resources
Abstract: "In response to growing interest in accessing traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) for conservation purposes, we discuss some of the complexities involved in doing TEK research. Specifically, we consider the issues of power and politicisation, ethics and situated knowledge. These are standard issues to be considered in any social scientific endeavour and are particularly compelling when dealing with indigenous groups or cross-cultural contexts. We argue that the human context, and the researchers ability to adequately understand and account for it, will largely determine the success or failure of TEK research. To this end, we offer three broad recommendations for conservation researchers hoping to engage TEK. Only through an informed and conscientious approach can TEK be incorporated into mainstream conservation research in a manner beneficial to both conservation and TEK holders."

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