Unesco Green Citizens

Indigenous and Local Knowledge

Local and indigenous knowledge systems are a precious source of wisdom which people tap into for creating solutions inspired by their interactions with nature, their culture, languages, and spirituality.

It refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. These unique ways of knowing are important facets of the world’s cultural diversity and provide a foundation for locally-appropriate sustainable development.

Discover UNESCO’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme (LINKS), which promotes local and indigenous knowledge and its inclusion in global environmental sciences and policy processes: https://en.unesco.org/links

Get inspired by UNESCO Green Citizens projects which valorize indigenous and local knowledge for sustainable development!

Themes
Themes
Biodiversity
Education for Sustainable Development
Hydrology
Indigenous and Local Knowledge
Ocean
Sub-themes
Sub-themes
Agriculture
Forests and desertification
Natural disasters risk reduction
Natural resource management
Participatory science/citizen science
Sustainable lifestyles
Country
Country
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Benin
Brazil
Cameroon
Canada
China
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Egypt
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Italy
Ivory Coast / Côte d'Ivoire
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Mexico
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Niger
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Senegal
Serbia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Tunisia
Uganda
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Zimbabwe
Estaca student members of the Green Turtle project 2020/2021
#Youth

Green Turtle

To fight against ocean pollution and clean up ports, a group of students have come up with a beautiful technology inspired by nature. These engineering students have designed Green Turtle, a turtle robot that tracks plastic waste.

10 at 10 For The Planet forum visual
#Youth

10 at 10 For The Planet

What if we all met for 10 minutes at 10am for the planet? This is exactly the idea behind the online forum 10 at 10 For The Planet, launched by Guillaume Chevallier, a teacher at the Franco-German Lycée in Freiburg.

Instrumentation of Quebrada Dalí micro watersheds
#Youth

Lisbran, a living lab for research and education

What effects are climate variability and change having on our ecosystems? To find out, Juan Mauricio Castaño Rojas, associate professor at Colombia’s Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, set up a dedicated research centre to explore and forecast impacts on water regulation and biodiversity.

Volunteer sitting in front of plastic bottles in the process of being recycled
#Women

Recicla LATAM

To promote recycling and sustainable habits in Peru and beyond, Recicla, Pe ! has developed an inclusive, circular approach to managing plastic waste.

Sustainable vegetable garden
#Africa #Women #Youth

Sustainable vegetable mushroom growing for Sustainable livelihood improvement

To break the cycle of poverty and ensure food security for villagers, Joséphine Nakakande and NGO Eco-Agric Uganda developed a simple yet innovative idea: use small spaces and locally available materials to create low-cost sustainable vegetable gardens.

Université des Colibris (Hummingbird University)

For the Colibris citizen’s movement, giving as many people as possible the knowledge to lead a greener way of life is essential for the ecological transition. To achieve this, the association set up the Université des Colibris (Hummingbird University).

#Women

Saathi

Saathi began in 2015, when its co-founders Kristin Kagetsu, Tarun Bothra and Grace Kane – graduates of MIT (US), Nirma University- came together on a mission to create fully eco-friendly, compostable sanitary napkins using locally sourced banana fiber. They  were inspired by the idea of improving women’s access to sanitary pads in India.

#Women #Youth

Holau Vaka Taumako

Reconnecting with their ancestral knowledge and voyaging culture is essential for the inhabitants of Taumako. On this isolated Polynesian island, directly impacted by climate change, the elders set up the Holau Vaka Taumako Project to share their know-how between generations and with other islands in the South Pacific and Hawaiian regions.

#Women #Youth

Waru Fire Program

Martu people believe that preserving biodiversity in their country is intimately linked with ancestral practices. To protect their desert ecosystem, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) a Martu organisation decided to reinstate the pujiman fire regime in the Great Sandy Desert, Australia.

Leatherback sea turtle nesting in Pitiké.
#Africa #Youth

Conservation of Sea Turtles of Côte d’Ivoire

To protect sea turtles from poaching in the Ivory Coast, Spanish vet José Gómez Peñate has developed a protection programme that involves and supports the local community.

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