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Towards Biocultural Diversity Conservation: Knowledge, Cultural Values and Governance of Species at Risk

  • Tracking Change: Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance -- Global Knowledge Symposium UN New York 2019

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  • To better understand the concept of biocultural diversity and its value in species conservation, this research explores the role of local fishers’ knowledge and cultural values in decision-making about the conservation of threatened, culturally significant fish in the Lower Fraser River (Canada) and the Mekong River (Thailand). British Columbia’s Lower Fraser River population of the White Sturgeon ‘sko:wech’ is currently under consideration for listing under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. A key objective of this research was to identify ways local fishers and governments could improve the way conservation strategies are designed and implemented so that might protect both biological and cultural diversity. This research applies some of the “lessons-learned” from Thailand’s experience applying local fisher’s knowledge and value systems in the case of the “Endangered” Mekong Giant Catfish ’pla buek’. The local fishers participating in this research included: 1) the Stó:lō Coast Salish fishers of the Lower Fraser River, who have established fishing rights and interests and have been connected to the watershed since time immemorial; and, 2) Fishers of Baan Had Krai. For many generations, the Ethnic Lao villagers from the Dai Yuon Tribe sustained themselves through a mixed fishing livelihood that relied heavily on the Mekong Giant Catfish.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International