Traditional Knowledge in Policy and Practice

Approaches to Development and Human Well-Being

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Traditional knowledge (TK) has contributed immensely to shaping development and human well-being. Its influence spans a variety of sectors, including agriculture, health, education and governance. However, in today’s world, TK is increasingly underrepresented or under-utilized. Further, while the applicability of TK to human and environmental welfare is well-recognized, collated information on how TK contributes to different sectors is not easily accessible. This book focuses on the relevance of TK to key environment- and development-related sectors, discusses the current debates within each of these sectors and presents suggestions as to how TK can be effectively integrated with conventional science and policy. A valuable resource to researchers, academics and policymakers, Traditional knowledge in policy and practice provides a comprehensive overview of TK, and its links and contributions to social, economic, environmental, ethical and political issues.



A practical approach to traditional knowledge and indigenous heritage management: A case study of Moriori heritage management practice

This chapter weaves together three authorial recollections of problems in local heritage management with the experience of a contemporary case study on Rekohu (the Moriori name for the Chatham Islands).1 The three individual voices set the tone for this chapter, which describes the background to the struggle for Moriori to retain and control their traditional knowledge and the solutions they have developed, against the wider challenges presented by cultural misappropriation.


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