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Local people's knowledge in natural resources research

Local people's knowledge in natural resources research

Warburton, H. and Martin, A. (1999) Local people's knowledge in natural resources research. Socio-economic methodologies for natural resources research. Best practice guidelines . Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK. ISBN 0859544966

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Abstract

Innovation and knowledge about natural resources come from many different sources; application of new knowledge does not occur in a vacuum but has to be incorporated into specific social and ecological contexts. Farmers have been developing agricultural systems, domesticating animals, breeding new crop varieties and constructing irrigation systems throughout the centuries without the aid of formalised scientific approaches and agricultural extension systen1s. In order to develop sustainable strategies it is important to take account of, and learn from, what local people already know and do, and to build on this.

A variety of terms have been used in the development literature to refer to the collective knowledge of local people: indigenous knowledge, indigenous technical knowledge, 'traditional' knowledge and rural people's knowledge. The term 'local people's knowledge' (LPK) is used here to include local knowledge of people in both rural and peri-urban and urban communities who use natural resources in some way. This includes farmers - and those with other occupations, such as pastoralists, foresters, hunters and gatherers - fisherfolk, artisans, food processors and traders. Although many are likely to be poor, relatively powerless and marginalized, local knowledge is also held by those in Government and the private sector.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © The University of Greenwich 1999
Uncontrolled Keywords: socio economics, natural resources research, local knowledge, indigenous knowledge, farmer, agriculture, development
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11694

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