Respecting Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Culture

Traditional knowledge, practices, and cultural/spiritual values play a vital role in sustaining and enhancing the socio-environmental resilience of indigenous peoples, local communities, and the lands and seas in their care. WCS experts in this stream will help examine how governments, non-governmental and international organizations, and the private sector collaborate in recognizing the role of indigenous and local communities in protected area management.

WCS in Action

The following sessions have been completed.

Friday - November 14, 2014

Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Protected Areas15:30 - 17:00Lilian Painter Hall 4B1

Saturday - November 15, 2014

Traditional Fire Management and climate Mitigation13:30 - 15:00Julie Kunen and Benedicto Lucas (CONAP)Hall 2 Nth Pod
Indigenous and community land-rights and conservation13:30 - 15:00Michael Painter and Gonzalo Oviedo (IUCN)Amphitheatre

Tuesday - November 18, 2014

Local to Global Leaders' Dialogue: What needs to happen in the next 10 years to support local efforts?08:30 - 10:00John Robinson, Michael PainterHall 4B1

Select Publications

A Tiger in the Drawing Room: Can Luxury Tourism Benefit Wildlife?
Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas
Balancing livestock production and wildlife conservation in and around Southern Africa's transfrontier conservation areas
Biodiversity conservation and the quality of life of indigenous people in the Bolivian Chaco
Can the IUCN 2008 Protected Areas Management Categories Support Pacific Island Approaches to Conservation?
Central Africa’s protected areas and the purported displacement of people: A first critical review of existing data (Book Chapter)
Changes in a coral reef fishery along a gradient of fishing pressure in an Indonesian marine protected area
Changes in life history and ecological characteristics of coral reef fish catch composition with increasing fishery management
Comanagement of coral reef social-ecological systems
Efficiently targeting resources to deter illegal activities in protected areas
Extent and ecological consequences of hunting in Central African rainforests in the twenty-first century
Forest elephant crisis in the Congo Basin
Forest resources use, attitude, and perception of local residents towards community based forest management: Case of the Makira Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Project, Madagascar
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features
Gorilla Population in Deng Deng National Park and a Logging Concession
Having your wildlife and eating it too: an analysis of hunting sustainability across tropical ecosystems
Human Health as a Judicious Conservation Opportunity
Hunting for a living: Wildlife trade, rural livelihoods and declining wildlife in the Hkakaborazi National Park, north Myanmar
Hunting patterns in tropical forests adjoining the Hkakaborazi National Park, north Myanmar
Hunting, livelihoods and declining wildlife in the Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary, North Myanmar
Impacts of Protected Areas on Local Livelihoods in Cambodia
Improving social acceptability of marine protected area networks: A method for estimating opportunity costs to multiple gear types in both fished and currently unfished areas
Indigenous Alliances for Conservation in Bolivia
Law, custom and community-based natural resource management in Kubulau District (Fiji).
Local people value environmental services provided by forested parks
Management of the Kenyan coast
Mapping recent deforestation and forest disturbance in northeastern Madagascar.
Marine reserves as linked social-ecological systemz
Natural Alliances between Conservationists and Indigenous Peoples
Patterns of human-wildlife conflicts and compensation: Insights from Western Ghats protected areas.
Projections of the impacts of gear-modification on the recovery of fish catches and ecosystem function in an impoverished fishery
Public-private partnerships as a management option for protected areas
Rainforest Pharmacopeia in Madagascar Provides High Value for Current Local and Prospective Global Uses
Spatial correlates of livestock depredation by Amur tigers in Hunchun, China: Relevance of prey density and implications for protected area management
Spiritual Roots of the Land: Hierarchy and Relationships of the Religious Cosmologies of Humans and Their Environment in the Maroantsetra Region of Madagascar
The empty forest revisited
The Impacts of Large-Scale Energy Development: Indigenous People and the Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline
The Perceived Impact of Customary Marine Resource Management on Household and Community Welfare in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
What Does It Mean to Successfully Conserve a (Vertebrate) Species?
Why South-east Asia should be the world's priority for averting imminent species extinctions, and a call to join a developing cross-institutional programme to tackle this urgent issue

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Key Staff

Lilian Painter
Country Program Director
Saw Htun
Country Program Director
Madhu Rao
Senior Advisor and Representative of WCS in Singapore
Deo Kujirakwinja
Director Eastern DRC Projects, DR Congo
Stacy Jupiter
Director Melanesia Program
Elizabeth Bennett
Vice President, Species Conservation, Species
James Watson
Director, Science and Research Initiative
Joseph Walston
Vice President, Field Conservation Programs
Julie Kunen
Regional Executive Director, LACP
Simon Hedges
Asian Elephant Coordinator & Ivory Trade Policy Analyst
Susan Lieberman
Vice-President, International Policy