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Local knowledge and resource management

On the use of indigenous and local knowledge to document and manage natural resources in the Arctic

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The climate is changing, and the people in the Arctic are facing huge challenges. Many rely on natural resources for both subsistence and income. Successful adaptation to climate change and the sustainable use of resources require observation of the environment. Scientific knowledge of the environment is incomplete, and conventional scientific monitoring is logistically difficult. Arctic citizens observe the environment all year-round. Their observations and knowledge are, however, not systematically used in the political decision process. An international symposium was therefore organized to encourage Arctic cooperation, and to exchange experiences, on the use of citizens’ knowledge and observations to document natural resources and inform the political process. The meeting drew participants from all the Arctic countries. Their discussions and conclusions are presented in this report.

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The Greenland Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, ELOKA (Exhange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic) and Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology organized a symposium on the use of indigenous and local knowledge to manage resources in the Arctic. The symposium was held in Copenhagen, on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2013. The participants were resource persons and specialists from civil society and government agencies with experience in this field. The objectives were to identify common experiences, problems, opportunities and strategic responses, so as to increase the cumulative impact of efforts to use indigenous and local knowledge to document and manage resources in the Arctic.

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