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Tracking Change - The Role of Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance [PG stage II]

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  • Invited PG (stage 2), awarded 2015: Many communities are dependent upon the resources of freshwater river systems for their livelihood and well-being. Multi-generational subsistence fisheries (including Indigenous communities) have well developed systems of local and traditional knowledge (LTK) that can contribute to the sustainable governance of these complex and dynamic social-ecological systems. Through community-based research at fish camps in each of the eight sub-basins of the Mackenze, the Tapajos (Lower Amazon, and tributaries of the Lower Mekong, the project will enable researchers and communities to collaboratively document oral histories, observations and experiences of social-ecological change. The aim is to understand what indicators and what methods are being used by communities to track change in the subsistence fishery and how those changes matter to the livelihood and well-being of communities. Such "tracking of social-ecological change" is a recognized function of watershed governance that is increasingly important in the Mackenzie, Mekong and Amazon. There are concerns that the pressures of resource development and climate change are fundamentally changing fisheries/fishing livelihoods. Determining fit between the scale of observation, experience and meaning of such changes on the one hand, and the scale of watershed decision-making on the other, may help address discontinuities in perspectives and emerging social and environmental conflicts.

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    © Parlee, Brenda. All rights reserved other than by permission. This document embargoed to those without UAlberta CCID until 2025.