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
Oceans
Sub-themes
Sub-themes
Agriculture
Forests and desertification
Natural disasters risk reduction
Natural resource management
Participatory science/citizen science
Sustainable lifestyles
Country
Country
Bahamas
Benin
Brazil
Cameroon
Canada
China
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Egypt
Finland
France
Greece
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ivory Coast / Côte d'Ivoire
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Malaysia
Mali
Mexico
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Netherlands
Niger
Peru
Senegal
Serbia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Tunisia
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Zimbabwe

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 #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

Zan King, General Manager of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), believes that preserving biodiversity in Martu country is intimately linked with ancestral practices. To protect their desert ecosystem, this Martu organisation decided to reinstate the pujiman fire regime in the Great Sandy Desert, Australia.

#Women #Youth

Amelëm: Tree Nursery

Determined to restore the forests of New Caledonia, Dr Christine Poellabauer is working with local researchers to set up a vast tree nursery. The aim? Grow indigenous trees and share knowledge with the local community.

Conservation of sea turtles of Côte d'Ivoire
#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.

#Africa #Women #Youth

WESSA Eco-Schools programme

Eco-Schools in South Africa give students the opportunity to actively contribute to the local community with a hands-on approach designed to drive positive change.

#Women #Youth

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica

The participative Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign highlights the importance of reducing and managing waste, bringing together local citizens to help shape more sustainable behaviours.

#Africa #Women #Youth

The Kaydara Agroecology School Farm

Created by Gora Ndiaye, the Kaydara Agroecology School Farm in Senegal is successfully preparing tomorrow’s farmers and winning over young people often more tempted by city life.

Roberto Pedraza Ruiz Conservation Photography 2
#Women #Youth

Alliance for the Sierra Gorda

To protect the Sierra Gorda, Mexico’s green jewel, local citizens decided to join forces. Alliance for the Sierra Gorda offers a new model for social and citizen participation and entrepreneurship.

#Youth

Coral Vita: Restoring Our World’s Dying Reefs

Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern have developed a hi-tech farming solution to grow more resistant, diverse coral and restore reefs around the Bahamas and beyond.

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