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A great global meta-analysis of local ecological knowledge (LEK) recently came out showing 77% of papers on LEK report decline. (The paper is great, the decline is not.) This is in an open-access journal so you should be able to enjoy it! The authors make some really great points about feedback loops and implications for biodiversity, conservation, etc. if we don't turn things around.

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Valuable example of attempts at knowledge decolonization in the context of western science.

"To return to the firehawks example, one way to look at this is that the scientists confirmed what the Indigenous peoples have long known about the birds’ use of fire. Or we can say that the Western scientists finally caught up with Traditional Knowledge after several thousand years"

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I read a report from World Fish about how aquaculture is making some changes to gender roles in Bangladesh - and wrote a story about it! Since the story was for a publisher, I've attached the link below rather than reproducing the story here in a post.
For developing nations, aquaculture is often regarded as an opportunity to provide job and food security. As highlighted in a report by WorldFish and FAO focusing on Bangladeshi women working in homestead pond production and shrimp processing factories, aquaculture also has the potential to empower women.

I wrote this story - where it can be read in full - for The Fish Site. The site is open access - no sign-up or pesky paywalls - yippie!

#aquaculture #womeninaquaculture #genderequity #genderroles

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A new book on transnational biocultural histories of forests in Northern Europe.
Managing Northern Europe’s Forests
Histories from the Age of Improvement to the Age of Ecology
Newly published, February 2018

A new edited volume exploring the forest histories of nine northern European countries has been published by Berghahn Books.

Northern Europe was, by many accounts, the birthplace of much of modern forestry practice, and for hundreds of years the region’s woodlands have played an outsize role in international relations, economic growth, and the development of national identity. Across eleven chapters, the contributors to this volume survey the histories of state forestry policy in Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Germany, Poland, and Great Britain from the early modern period to the present. Each explores the complex interrelationships of state-building, resource management, knowledge transfer, and trade over a period characterized by ongoing modernization and evolving environmental awareness.

Buy online & get a 50% discount. Use code OOS003 (until 30 April 2018)
Read the introduction chapter for free:

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This is a really nice article from CIFOR on research exploring cultural preservation and the conservation of forests in Bhutan.
In the country of Bhutan, a small Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, it is often the middle road that is chosen. There’s the middle path of the country’s religion and its emphasis on spiritual balance, symbolized in the prayer flags and pagoda tops that…

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The complicated territory between federal, tribal, and state actors in navigating both ground and surface water rights in California.

"The Supreme Court’s denial of the agencies’ petition means the tribe has prevailed in winning legal backing for its claim to groundwater rights — a victory that’s expected to change how decisions are made about management of the desert aquifer in Palm Springs and surrounding communities...If the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the case, it would have had a rare opportunity to rule on the question of whether tribes hold special federal "reserved rights" to groundwater as well as surface water, and to define more clearly the boundaries between state-administered water rights and federal water rights. Now that the Supreme Court has let the lower court’s ruling stand, it will be up to lower courts to clarify lingering ambiguities in the established law."

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Check out two recent papers that discuss the importance of biocultural approaches to natural resource management and community well-being. Both papers focus on indicators of well-being and sustainability, and argue that locally and culturally grounded metrics are crucial for appropriate and effective natural resource management. These papers, written by authors from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and geographies, reflect insights from discussions with community members, local, regional, and national experts and government figures from communities worldwide. See below for links to the full publications and a blog post highlighting a figure from our paper.

Nature Ecology & Evolution:

Environment & Society (we secured Open Access; it should be available soon):

Figure for Thought:

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Warning, this is not a short article. It's on the Ainu, an indigenous group in Japan. The article covers a lot: their history, how the Ainu have survived, how they've been ignored, and what being Ainu means today, but this piece also delves into the Ainu's relationship with bears and how that relationship has changed over the years. Overall, it's a really interesting read about a group often forgotten and ignored.

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Trapping migratory shorebirds for research in lieu of traditional hunting

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Abstract solicitation below for a special section in the Journal of Ethnobiology related to modern agricultural and paleoethnobotany. Submission deadline is January 1st.
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