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Title Cultural biodiversity knowledge – uses and impact

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Short title Cultural knowledge

Author(s) Lang, H.; Limpricht, C.; Linke, T.; Naumann, C.; Pröpper, M.; Schnegg, M.

Presenting author Naumann, C.

Institution(s) University of Hamburg, Institute of Social Anthropology

Keywords Local traditional knowledge, culture, resource management, perceptions, uses and impact

Abstract Local land-users possess a body of cultural knowledge about their biotic environment. This knowledge is one key component that guides land-users decisions about utilization of natural resources. Using anthropological data collected in Mutompo, Rehoboth and Soebatsfontein this poster shows that a detailed understanding of cultural knowledge about the environment is a precondition to preserve biodiversity.
We will show that, firstly, cultural models frame decisions to use natural resources. Specific patterns of resource usage are the main threat to biodiversity. Our case studies reveal that assessing content, scope and structures of cultural knowledge and the way it is transmitted through social networks is an important precondition to understand the rationale behind the way resources are utilized and impacted upon. Secondly, local environmental knowledge and scientific knowledge focus on the same domain. Both forms of knowledge differ in content, size, structure and semantics. The process of preserving biodiversity includes translating terminologies and bodies of knowledge - a task for which anthropological methodology offers the interface. Any attempts to communicate scientific results to local stakeholders must fail if they are not sensitive to the way local populations perceive the natural world.
The poster will include new ideas on the development of a methodological toolkit for the assessment of cultural knowledge in a larger number of observatories.

Congress Topic Observation System

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Notes We emphasize that our research activities are not adequately represented by a segmentation of the program into a ‘more scientific segment’ that links to the topics (1) Observation system and (2) Process analysis and a stakeholder segment (3- Land use, 4-

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