Making knowledge work for forests and people
Through their daily practices, indigenous women have accumulated a specialized knowledge associated to agriculture, the establishment and maintenance of the chagra or conuco, the use of agrobiodiversity and the transformation and conservation of food, thus becoming the base of the family structure. Their role is fundamental in the transmission from generation to generation of agricultural knowledge that forms the base for food security and well-being of communities.21 July, 2014
The landscape approach has been widely embraced during recent years as a new paradigm or integrated vision. The aim? To ensure that land use planning, policies and management decisions maintain the resilience, productivity and sustainability of landscapes for the benefit of all the people who depend upon them. It is based on the concept that landscapes are multifunctional, dynamic and evolving entities composed of a mosaic of different uses (agriculture, forests, mining, urbanization…) which are highly interdependent.03 July, 2014
The campesino women from the Mortiño region in Colombia have created a dialogue platform to talk about about their community, their territory and the relevance of their actions for the regional development. This is how the weaving and embroidery afternoons that began a year ago are understood: they not only promote the discussion about the role of women in the páramos, but also rescue the knowledge related to the biological diversity of this ecosystem through the careful representation of orchids, frailejones and plants in general.
General - 2011
Research related to tropical rainforests involves field-based data collection. Much of this information gathering takes place in territories occupied by indigenous and other forest-based communities. Members of these communities are often used as sources of information for a wide range of topics, including the local use of plants and animals, and conditions of soil, water and forests. This information is often referred to as indigenous or local knowledge.
TBI has developed a Code of Conduct (CoC) to guide researchers in the careful consideration of ethical issues in their field work and publication activities regarding indigenous or local knowledge. This CoC provides a concise background on ethical issues related to forestry research and a practical tool to deal with these issues responsibly.