Mountain Futures Conference

Yunnan, China, October 2020

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Benefit Sharing

The traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous and local communities is embodied in the rich global diversity of cultural and social traditions. In promoting the integration of traditional ecological knowledge into sustainable montane development strategies, both biological and cultural diversity are better protected. By identifying and supporting innovative adaptation strategies, mountain peoples and communities have the chance to become more resilient in the face of global change, rather than being the passive victims of these changes. Indigenous mountain communities can better adapt to change as they become engaged in shaping their own destiny. In this way, they can contribute to the sustainable development of their local regions and become beacons of hope for many people across the global south.

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