Inuit Sustainable Use and Management of Arctic Species and the Role of Traditional Knowledge

The sustainable use of wildlife is one of the pillars of the IUCN´s work, and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Canada´s national Inuit organization), along with the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada (ICC) and other international network partners, engage within the IUCN to promote and advance the conservation and sustainable use priorities of Inuit in the Arctic, and within a broader Indigenous context. Cultural and social practices, traditional knowledge, food security, and livelihoods go hand-in-hand with principles of conservation and sustainable use toward the greater good of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

This cafe will highlight the connections between Inuit rights and livelihoods and cultural needs and the inclusion of Inuit knowledge in the sound management of key arctic species. ITK, ICC and the four Canadian Inuit regions work extensively to ensure that the knowledge and perspectives of Inuit are included in regional, national and international conservation efforts that may affect Inuit rights, livelihoods and cultural needs.

The ongoing efforts of Inuit wildlife management systems to link Inuit traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge in management decision-making will be illustrated. The cafe will promote dialogue on existing and potential relationships that can be developed between Inuit knowledge systems, the scientific community and community-based monitoring efforts and will highlight that shared planning is key to successful models for collaborative traditional knowledge-scientific research and conservation efforts in the Arctic that can provide insights into important management challenges. Conservation efforts have potentially large social, cultural and economic impacts on Inuit. The work that will be show-cased in this workshop is key to achieving transparency, legitimacy and equality in conservation efforts in the Arctic at a time when the region is facing tremendous international scrutiny.

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Canada
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