25 to 27 March 2014, Kautokeino, Norway
Photo by Doug Nakashima, 2014.
The workshop on the Roles of traditional knowledge in governance of natural resources in the high-north with cases from reindeer husbandry and other indigenous societies, focused on connecting community-based observations with scientific knowledge to better understand, respond and adapt to processes of environmental change. The main objectives were to propose and assess concrete methodologies for community-based observatories in the Arctic that are interlinked with indigenous livelihoods, such as reindeer husbandry or hunting/fishing/trapping. This workshop will contribute to the development of methods, rooted in traditional knowledge and building synergies with science, that reinforce the role of indigenous peoples in observing systems and decision-making with respect to change in the Arctic. Results from the workshop will be reported to relevant bodies including the Arctic Council and SAON.
The workshop was organized by UNESCO and CNRS with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Sami University College.