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Title: Traditional knowledge systems in India for biodiversity conservation
Authors: Jasmine, Biba
Singh, Yashaswi
Onial, Malvika
Mathur, V B
Keywords: Biodiversity;Convention on Biological Diversity;Aichi Biodiversity Target;Traditional knowledge;Traditional practices
Issue Date: Apr-2016
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: G01S 3/72, G01S 7/42, G06F 19/10, A61K 36/00
Abstract: The term ‘Traditional Knowledge’ (TK), also used reciprocally with indigenous knowledge, is used to describe any indigenous knowledge, innovation, or custom, tradition of local communities that is important in protection, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and various traditions. TK is vital to the food security and health of millions of people and is developed and passed on from generation to generation in the form of accounts, songs, cultural values, local languages, customs and customary practices, healing arts, and agricultural practices, for the collective good of the communities. It closely interlinks cultural and biological diversity, forming an essential basis for the conservation and sustainable use of global biodiversity. Also within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the contracting States have undertaken to respect and promote TK and to make it locally accessible. This paper entails information related to various initiatives, programs, plans and India’s progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 of the Strategic Plan of Biodiversity 2020 and discusses meaningful integration of TK of indigenous and local communities into Biodiversity Conservation. The details were compiled by undertaking an extensive review of the literature, scientific papers, reports and articles. The presented information was collected as part of the preparation of the India’s Fifth National Report (NR5) to the CBD.
Page(s): 304-312
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections: IJTK Vol.15(2) [April 2016]

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