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
Belgium
Benin
Brazil
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
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
Philippines
Russian Federation
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
Viet Nam
Zimbabwe
An outdoor learning session about the environment
#Women #Youth

Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California Curriculum

How can environmental issues be addressed in California if native people are ignored? The Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California program aims to make their voices heard through education reform.

The Ocean Purpose Team turning plastic waste into fuel and hydrogen
#Women #Youth

Ocean Purpose Project

What if we turned waste into fuel? An Indonesian social enterprise has created a unit to transform plastic into hydrogen.

A woman teaches a girl a traditional threshing method
#Women #Youth

Odsiha Green College

In India, the Odsiha Green College project provides a forum to Adivasi Youth to find solutions within.

Launching of a submarine device monitoring ocean health
#Women #Youth

Preserving the ecosystem of the Al Hoceima National Park Marine Protected Area

How to protect the threatened marine ecosystem of the Al Hoceima National Park in Morocco? By establishing No-Take Zones that involve the fishing communities.

A sailing vessel made from recycled plastic
#Africa #Women #Youth

Closing the Loop on Waste Plastics Through Heritage Boat Building

In Lamu, Kenya, to combat plastic pollution, craftsmen and engineers have designed the first traditional sailing dhow made entirely from plastic waste.

Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Tribe
#Women #Youth

Run4Salmon

For the Winnemem Wintu tribe that created the Run4Salmon movement, climate resilience means reconnecting to Mother Earth.

Teaching urban youth about ecology and the climate crisis
#Women #Youth

School of Eco Diplomacy

In Indonesia, on the border of the tropical forest and marine ecosystems, a training program in eco-diplomacy is offered to young people. Its objective: to understand and become an actor of social and ecological change.

A girl holding plastic collected from the ocean
#Women #Youth

Blue Schools

“Sadly, even if we held a beach cleanup every day on every beach around the world it still wouldn’t be enough to cleanup the Ocean. Education is a vital part of a multi-pronged approach to ecological restoration.” That’s why the Ocean Blue team created Blue Schools in 2021.

Women undertaking waste management
#Women #Youth

TIP Sessions

How do we really change behaviour? In India, a citizens’ group, is using its expertise in human-centred design, a Design Thinking approach, to address local problems and create impactful solutions. Climate change should not remain an abstract concept!

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