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
Local and Indigenous Knowledge
Ocean
Sub-themes
Sub-themes
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
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Italy
Ivory Coast / Côte d'Ivoire
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Mexico
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Niger
Panama
Peru
Russian Federation
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
Uruguay
Zimbabwe
Yawanawá people from the the Yawanawá Life Plan
#Women #Youth

The Yawanawá Life Plan

The Yawanawá communities have established governance and a plan to protect their well-being in the Gregorio River indigenous reserve in the Brazilian Amazon.

Training on the use of drones to monitor forests
#Women #Youth

Reforzando el conocimiento ancestral

In Panama, around the Darién National Park, local populations are disconnected from the world. A project has been devised by citizens to give the indigenous people access to information and to be able to defend their land rights.

Education for Sustainable Development in a rural community
#Africa #Women #Youth

Rise for Nature

The Rise for Nature project was initiated by citizens, volunteers of CCREAD-Cameroon. A holistic and integrated approach that ensures it is fully community-based.

The Instituto Juruá conservation program
#Women #Youth

Instituto Juruá

Rural communities have a central role in the conservation of biodiversity. Based on this conviction, ecologists and researchers formed Instituto Juruá for the Conservation of the Amazon.

Dogsled travelling
#Youth

Greenlandia

To incite action for the climate and re-establish the lost connection between people and nature, Vincent Hilaire set up the Greenlandia Project. Greenlandia, a citizen initiative built on three pillars of educational, scientific and documentary actions, explores humanity’s future through the testimonials of inhabitants of the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit (Greenland).

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.

Martu people and a helicopter used in aerial burning at a landscape-scale
#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.

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