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Knowledge Co-production: Interface between Environmental Studies and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Pastoralists

Monday, April 3, 2023, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Across the globe, the traditional ecological knowledge of pastoral communities has played a crucial role in conserving pasture lands over generations through their participation in environmental monitoring decision-making through traditional adaptive practice, a pillar of pasture management. This knowledge is integral to a biocultural complex that integrates, among other things, resource exploitation and governance practices, social interactions, religious rituals and spirituality, food, language, music, crafts, and attire of the communities.

Pastoralists in many different parts of the world, nevertheless, face similar challenges ranging from encroachment on grazing land by agriculture to lack of access to grazing and water resources in the guise of environmental protection. This issue stems from the way the role of traditional ecological knowledge of the herders has been largely ignored by scientific experts.

There have been many initiatives to bridge this gap between traditional and scientific knowledge and practice, resulting in a much-needed process aimed at genuine knowledge co-production in biocultural conservation. This workshop aims to examine these experiences of working with pastoralists in different regions, and the challenges and opportunities involved in the process of knowledge co-production.

11:00 - 11:15 Introduction & Opening Remarks

11:15 - 12:15 Herders' Traditional Knowledge of the Pasture, Livestock, and Bells

Molnár, Zsolt, Ethnoecologist and Barta, Sándor, Traditional herder

12:15 - 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 - 13:45 Farming Resilience: Deciding What is “Just Enough” in the Face of Uncertainty. Stories from the Austrian Alps.

L. Jamila Haider, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre

13:45 - 14:30 Traditional Knowledge of Mongolian Herders on Plants, Landscape, and Land Use

Gantuya Batdelger, PH.D Candidate, EÖTVÖS LORÁND University

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:45 Sheepherding & Local Wool Cultures of India: The Decline and Revival

Sushma Iyengar, Social Activist. Lead Curator, 'Living Lightly - Journeys with  Pastoralists' Exhibition

15:45 - 16:30 Guest Speaker: Fikret Berkes (TBC)

Professor Emeritus, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba

16:30 - 17:15 Discussion - Q&A

17:15 - 17:30 Concluding Remarks