Traditional Ecological Knowledge for transforming approaches to forests and forestry

Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2019.

Photo: University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry

The University of British Columbia in Canada organises a conference on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) entitled “Transforming approaches to forests and forestry through Traditional and Local Knowledges: Reciprocity and relationship-building in forest ecosystems” to be held on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory from 21-23 August 2019.

The objective of this conference is to host a different kind of scholarly event that positions the needs, perspectives, and authority of IPLCs at the centre of social-ecological research.

The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry invites submission of individual abstracts for poster and oral presentations, artistic performances and exhibitions, songs, workshops, roundtable and panel discussions, and storytelling of up to 300 words on traditional ecological knowledge.

Abstracts should include a description of how principled, reciprocal relationships between researchers and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) are being, or have been, upheld as part of the research process.

This conference is organised on behalf of the following IUFRO divisions working on forest policy and economics: Traditional forest knowledge in temperate and boreal regions and Traditional forest knowledge in tropical and subtropical regions.

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