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Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Assessment and Management

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dc.contributor.author Usher, Peter J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:00:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:00:12Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-23 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-23 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3360
dc.description.abstract "It is now a policy requirement that traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) be incorporated into environmental assessment and resource management in the North. However, there is little common understanding about what TEK is, and no guidance on how to implement the policy in public arenas where knowledge claims must be tested. The problems are inconsistent and unclear definitions of TEK, and insufficient attention to appropriate methods of organizing and presenting it for assessment and management purposes. TEK can be classified as knowledge about the environment, knowledge about the use of the environment, values about the environment, and the knowledge system itself. All categories are required for environmental assessment, but each must be presented and examined differently. TEK and Western science provide partially different information, based on different sets of observations and procedures, and sometimes on different knowledge claims. It is important that TEK be comprehensible and testable as a knowledge claim in public reviews, and usable for ongoing public monitoring and co-management processes. To this end, certain procedures are recommended for recording, organizing, and presenting TEK, with particular emphasis on the need to differentiate between observation and inference or association. Documenting TEK as recommended usually requires trained intermediaries, but they in turn require the support and cooperation of those who have TEK. One consequence is that it is often both impractical and inappropriate to require development proponents to incorporate TEK into their environmental impact statements. However, the environmental assessment process must facilitate the use of TEK in the public review phase." en_US
dc.subject traditional knowledge en_US
dc.subject ecology en_US
dc.subject environmentalism en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.title Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Assessment and Management en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Arctic en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 53 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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