PE13
Indigenous knowledge for ecological resource management

Convenors:
M Zulfiquar Ali Islam (University of Rajshahi)
A.H.M. Zehadul Karim (International Islamic University Malaysia)
Location:
Roscoe 2.4
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel focuses on the indigenous knowledge of ethnic, rural, urban and other human communities for ecological resource management. It emphasizes the integration of indigenous knowledge with that of scientific venture to make sustainable development through the utilization of ecological resources.

Long abstract:

Ecological resource management is a valuable endeavor to indicate the status and condition of people who use ecological resources in meeting their multifarious needs. We often mistakenly formulate policies for conserving and restoring the ecological sites by ignoring the local people's skills and traditional conservation techniques. This knowledge is learned by themselves through their practical experiences and very often it is transmitted from one generation to the next through unwritten and oral communication. Being the real descendents of their habitats since long past, and nonetheless, in many places around the world, the indigenous people possess valuable traditional environmental knowledge through interacting with their proximate ecosystem. Unfortunately, however, many of such people are now repressed and exterminated by formulating discriminatory laws and policies in the name of development. For that purpose what we require that we should integrate the indigenous knowledge with that of scientific venture to make sustainable development through the utilization of ecological resources. The social scientists should work with natural scientists, policy makers and development practitioners to help evolving a sustainable model for ecological resource management. Accordingly, this session invites proposals from the academicians of different disciplines, and also people from different regions of the globe, to have the diversities in ecological resource management initiatives. This session is wedded to receive qualitative and/or quantitative and/or mixed approaches of finalizing the ecological essays aptly dealt with the indigenous knowledge the people usually utilize in ecological resource management.