CSIN-RCID Learning Event: Traditional Knowledge Indicators

02/09/2007 8:30 am
02/09/2007 11:30 am

From the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network:

Over the past several months, I have become ever aware that indicators of traditional knowledge is an important topic for a number of you. For this reason, CSIN is offering a learning event on this topic for February 9, 11:30am Eastern time. As many of you know, learning events are 1.5 hour conference calls with online powerpoint viewing. Usually we have 2-3 brief presentations along with discussion time. As presenters are in the process of being confirmed, it would be helpful to know at this point whether you would be interested in attending. I will then send you confirmed details about the presenters and you can confirm at that time if you are still interested.
For those of you who are new to the world of traditional knowledge, I would be pressed to give a concise definition. Wikipedia says that "Traditional knowledge (TK), indigenous knowledge (IK), and local knowledge generally refer to the matured long-standing traditions, practices of regional, indigenous, or local communities. Traditional knowledge also encompasses the wisdom, knowledge and teachings of these communities." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_knowledge
The use of traditional knowledge in management of resources is often discussed from several different perspectives. Some of these include the placement of traditional knowledge alongside science, the deeply embedded cultural and institutional contexts that may be inseparable from traditional knowledge, and a role for traditional knowledge in managing complex adaptive systems that are characterized by change and uncertainty.

(For more, the following online journal might be of interest: "Ecology and Society", this issue is dedicated to "Traditional Knowledge in Social-Ecological Systems".
 http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol8/iss1/art2/ ).
Please confirm your interest in attending this free event, and I will follow up with more information in the near future.
**Also, I still have space for another presenter, so if you are interested in sharing your work, let me know.
Best Regards,
Carissa Wieler
CSIN Coordinator
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
(204) 958-7719