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Conservation Biology

Barnes, Sam [1], Young, Jane [1].

Communicating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is defined as a body of knowledge built up by a group of people through generations of living in close contact with nature, and is traditionally communicated and disseminated orally. The knowledge accumulated by knowledge holders represents vast amounts of information about a specific locale and is part of the culture of the community. Because TEK is part of culture, it cannot be understood without a sociocultural context of the knowledge and the knowledge holder. Once knowledge holders share TEK, the dissemination, with permission, of this knowledge is an important step in its effective transference and preservation. The present study involves a critical analysis of the different ways one can transmit TEK, including dissemination via technical reports, books, atlases, oral presentations, DVDs/videos, audio clips, CD-ROMs, academic journals, community booklets, and websites. Each format has assets and limitations, and the choice of communication methodology is of utmost importance for creating useful, accessible, and appropriate deliverables for both community and non-community members.

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1 - University of Northern British Columbia, Ecosystem Science and Managment, 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9, Canada

traditional ecological knowledge

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PCB001
Abstract ID:333

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