Hybrid knowledges for resilience

Despite the generalized worldwide trend of erosion of traditional ecological knowledge, a new Special Issue in the journal Ecology and Society suggests that substantial pockets of such knowledge persist in both developing and developed countries. This issues identifies the common trend of hybridization in which traditional knowledge, practices, and beliefs are merged with novel forms of knowledge and technologies to create new knowledge systems. The findings also reinforce previous hypotheses which have argued that systems of traditional ecological knowledge serve as reservoirs of experiential knowledge that can provide important insights for the design of adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with global environmental change. The introduction to the Special Issue discusses policy directions that might help to promote maintenance and restoration of traditional ecological knowledge systems as sources of social-ecological resilience.

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