Approaches to enhance social and gender equity and value indigenous knowledge through integrated ecosystem-based planning

Many studies have indicated that an ecosystem services concept is key to link the environment-development nexus and in particular that of biodiversity conservation with poverty alleviation. While remarkable research has been conducted on biodiversity protection, relevant findings and policy outcomes have not created significant impact on policy formulation and decision-making processes of development planning, mainly due to a lack of tools, models and methods for both decision-making and implementation. Stakeholders do not often meet to discuss this issue holistically, with multiple perspectives. Entry points to policy and budgetary frameworks need to be identified to accommodate ecosystem services approaches that are inclusive of gender-based knowledge and management as well as indigenous wisdom. Indigenous and traditional knowledge-holders and academia view the science and technologies of one another as inferior / superior or simply with suspicion and not compatible for collaboration. The question is: how we can make this co-learning more streamlined and consistent? One option is by establishing centres of excellence for academia and community co-learning and mainstreaming these activities into formal academic curricula to facilitate long-term co-learning and mutual interactions between indigenous and traditional knowledge holders, academic researchers, local actors, and other stakeholders.
Women´s culture, human rights, and environmental concerns are linked by models of eco-feminism and deep ecology. The status, and knowledge, of indigenous cultures is a direct reflection of human rights as well as ecological considerations. This workshop will present historic backdrop and current initiatives for gender equality as well as the valuing of indigenous peoples and their ways in order to share nature´s benefits equitably and provide good governance for all, and will present ecosystem assessment integrated development planning as a primary method for achieving same.

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