A Matter of Values and Cultural Diversity: Indigenous Knowledge and Culture

The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the father of the United Arab Emirates, said, “On land and in the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They could do so because they recognised the need to conserve it, take from it only what they needed to live, and preserve it for succeeding generations.” The wisdom of these words, especially in the fragile desert environment, conveys how indigenous knowledge and traditional practices were crucial to the survival of people and their environment. A quarter of the world’s land area is owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities.

Indigenous peoples’ contributions are essential in designing and implementing solutions to sustainability and ecosystem restoration issues.

We welcome research and practice submissions, including but not limited to:

  • How EE communities learn from cultures and traditional practices and how values, indigenous knowledge, and culture can help connect people and create a better tomorrow.
  • The connection of local wisdom and cultural practices with international agendas in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Integration of indigenous knowledge systems into environmental education.

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