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Recognize role of traditional knowledge in managing marine areas, international meet told May 03,2012   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

Concrete steps must be taken to integrate the traditional scientific, technical and technological knowledge of indigenous and local communities, at all stages of the process of identifying and describing ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), an international meeting was told.

This plea was made in a Statement by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) at the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, 30 April - 5 May 2012.

The Statement noted that it is well recognized, including in several decisions of the CBD, that traditional scientific, technical, and technological knowledge of indigenous and local communities, consistent with Article 8(j) of CBD should be considered at par with, and as relevant as, other forms of scientific knowledge.

Parties should further ensure that training manuals and modules prepared to offer guidance on describing EBSAs necessarily include guidance on integrating the traditional, scientific, technical and technological knowledge of indigenous and local communities as well as social and cultural

 

© 2012 ICSF

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