Environmental Governance

How Conservation became Colonialism: Indigenous people, not environmentalists, are the key to protecting the world’s most precious ecosystems
By: Alexander Zaitchik
July 16, 2018
Key words: Ecuador, conservation, green colonialism, sustainability, land rights, stewardship, mining
The article highlights conservation issues like illegal mining, deforestation, and pollution that befall indigenous groups like the Cofán in Ecuador. Governments often do not have the resources to be able to adequately protect the environments, but environmentalists’ opinions may differ from indigenous means of stewardship.

Investing in indigenous communities is most efficient way to protect forests, report finds
By: Cory Rogers
Mongabay News & Inspiration from Nature's Frontline
July 2, 2018
Key words: Forests, Indigenous peoples, biodiversity, conservation, protected areas, U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The report finds that Indigenous people are doing a better job and are cost-effective at managing forests than placing the forests into protected status.

Biodiversity sector must acknowledge traditional knowledge holders
By: Marie-Ann Daloia
CSI & Sustainability News
March 1, 2018
Key words: Africa, traditional knowledge, benefits sharing, biodiversity
Environmental Affairs Minister Dr. Edna Molewa speaks about the new National Biodiversity Economy Strategy, which is about promoting partnerships between communities, industry and the public sector for the equitable sharing of benefits.

Indigenous Peoples’ Concern for Environment: Examining the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations
By: Smiriti Sabbarwal
Fourth World Journal, 15(2):27-39
Key words: Indigenous Peoples, IUCN, NGOs, Climate Change, Biodiversity
The present paper aims to analyze the role played by NGOs in highlighting the indigenous peoples’ issues related to the environment at the international level. This is done by examining the multitude of functions carried out by NGOs such as lobbying, advocacy, and networking, through which many of the serious environmental issues faced by indigenous peoples such as degradation of biodiversity, burning of forests on a large scale, and misuse of their traditional knowledge were addressed by NGOs.

Indigenous knowledge systems can help solve the problems of climate change
by Teila Watson
The Guardian
June 1, 2017
Key words: climate change, Australia
This article speaks to the knowledgel held by indigenous Australians and how it could be used to address environmental concerns today.

Indigenous Biology: Colonization sought to separate us from nature
by Ruth Hopkins
Indian Country Media Network
December 17, 2016
Key words: natural resource management, western science, indicator species, United States
This opinion article discusses the importance of TEK in natural resource management and conservation. It focuses on ways in which, what Western biologists refer as indicator species (organisms that are ideal for biomonitoring), jibe with indigenous views towards the presence of certain species in certain ecosystems. Within indigenous biology, such species (as with indicator species) are indicators of both the ecological and spiritual health of that ecosystem.

The Human Element of Mangrove Management
By: Stephen Brooks
Key words: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, mangroves, shoreline ecosystem management, legal jurisdiction, management policies
Mangroves are often protected areas because they are highly productive ecosystems that act as a shield against storms and shoreline erosion. These ecosystems frequently straddle multiple areas of legal jurisdiction, and their protection can be legally complicated and underfunded. Examples in the article show how community-based resource management can create better management policies.

Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge Systems into Collaborative Governance for Water: Challenges and Opportunities
By: Suzanne Von Der Porten, Rob C. De Loe, & Deb McGregor
Journal of Canadian Studies, 50(1):214-243
Key words: Collaborative Water Governance, Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Water Governance, Canada
The importance of Indigenous knowledge systems for environmental decision-making is now widely recognized. In the context of collaborative approaches to environmental governance, scholars and practitioners have recognized that Western knowledge is not sufficient, and that ideas, practices, and knowledge from Indigenous peoples is essential. Collaborative environmental governance practice tends to make assumptions about how Indigenous knowledge systems can be incorporated into decision-making without reflecting satisfactorily on contrasting perspectives of Indigenous peoples themselves; these perspectives are partially captured in the Indigenous governance literature.

A Tribal Model of Wildlife Stewardship: Native Americans tap into traditional practices to manage forests
by Serra J. Hoagland
The Wildlife Professional, Vol 10(6) November/December
Key words: wildlife stewardship, United States, forest management, U.S. Forest Service, TEK
This article looks at ways in which Native American tribes use traditional practices and frameworks for natural resource management. With holistic approaches that promote long-term stewardship (concepts guiding many ecosystem management strategies today), the article explains the value of traditional management practices and how they align with, and inform and support the work of resource management agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, and the importance of such partnerships.

Why the Native American pipeline resistance in North Dakota is about climate justice


Environmental Governance for All: Involving local and indigenous populations is key to effective environmental governance
EDUARDO BRONDIZIO, Department of Anthropology, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes, and Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. FRANCOIS-MICHEL LE TOURNEAU, Center for Research and Documentation on the Americas, Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle University and CNRS, 75007 Paris, France. Institut des Ameriques, 92170 Vanves, France.
Science, Vol. 352, Issue 6291, pp. 1272-1273;DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf5122
10 Jun 2016

Reconciling Ecological and Social Justice to Promote Biodiversity Conservation
By: Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet & Helen Kopnina
Biological Conservation, 194:320-26
Key words: Anthropocentrism, Conservation, Ecological Justice, Environmental Justice
In this article the authors focus upon a division between generalized schools of philosophical and ethical thought about culture and conservation. There is an ongoing debate playing out over conservation between those who believe conservation threatens community livelihoods and traditional practices, and those who believe conservation is essential to protect nonhuman species from the impact of human development and population growth.

Earth Stewardship: An Initiative by the Ecological Society of America to Foster Engagement to Sustain Planet Earth (Chapter 12)
By: F. Stuart Chapin III, S. T. A. Pickett, Mary E. Power, Scott L. Collins, Jill S. Baron, David W. Inouye, & Monica G. Turner
Ecology and Ethics, 2:173-193
Key words: Earth Stewardship Initiative, Ecological Society of America, Interdisciplinary Integration, Practitioner Engagement, Sustainability
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has responded to the growing commitment among ecologists to make their science relevant to society through a series of concerted efforts. The goal of the Earth Stewardship Initiative is to raise awareness and to explore ways for ecologists and other scientists to contribute more effectively to the sustainability of our planet. This chapter focuses in on the Earth Stewardship Initiative integrating some Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

Auditing Environmental and Social Performance of Forest Management Relative to Native Rights An Appeal for Multidisciplinary Aid
By: Lloyd C. Irland & Marie Gunning
Technical Report
Third party auditing, often referred to as "green certification", is a growing factor in the slow movement toward motivating and assuring implementation of more sustainable forest management practices. The system that devotes the most thorough consideration to Native rights is that of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Some specific areas that can prove problematic in field auditing include: accurately defining native rights; identifying indigenous peoples; determining Native spokespersons, assuring "meaningful" consultation, limited ethnobotanical resources, and evaluating traditional ecological knowledge.

Traditional ecological knowledge and environmental governance in Canada: the role of law and comprehensive agreements in facilitating incorporation
By: Matthew Stephen Pudovskis
The University of British Columbia
Key words: Environmental Impact Assessments, co-management regimes, respectful incorporation, Canada, land claim agreements, legal framework
Comprehensive land claim agreements in Canada may involve environmental impact assessments. It is within this context the author explores the role of TEK in environmental governance, and how it fits within the legal frameworks.

Navigating the Knowledge Interface: Fishers and Biologists Under Co-Management in Chile
By: Sarah Schumann
Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal, 24(11):1174-1188
Key words: Co-Management, Fisheries Management, Fishermen’s Ecological Knowledge, Local Knowledge, Small-Scale Fisheries
This article examines similarities and differences between the biological and ecological knowledge of small-scale fishers and the professional biologists assigned to work with them under a co-management program for shellfish in Chile.

Ensuring Equitable Distribution of Land in Ghana: Spirituality or Policy? A Case Study from the Forest-Savanna Agroecological Zone of Ghana
By: Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye & Paul Sarfo-Mensah
The International Indigenous Policy, 2(4)
Key words: Land distribution, Customary laws, Spirituality of land, Indigenous people, Policy reforms
This article explores the pent-up question of equitable distribution of land in Ghana using the Forest-Savanna Agroecological Zone as a case study. It focuses on the dichotomy of policy versus indigenous spirituality in contemporary distribution of land in Ghana. After independence several attempts have been made to restructure land title holding in Ghana by way of land registration. The effectiveness of these attempts is also examined.

Diversity in Current Ecological Thinking: Implications for Environmental Management
By: Susan A Moore, Tabatha J. Wallington, Richard J. Hobbs, Paul R. Ehrlich, C. S. Holling, Simon Levin, David Lindenmayer, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Hugh Possingham, Monica G. Turner, & Mark Westoby
Environmental Management, 43:17-27
Key words: Contingency, Landscape Ecology, Non-equilibrium Ecology, Policy Delphi Survey, Succession, Uncertainty
Current ecological thinking emphasizes that systems are complex, dynamic, and unpredictable across space and time. What is the diversity in interpretation of these ideas among today’s ecologists, and what does this mean for environmental management? This study used a Policy Delphi survey of ecologists to explore their perspectives on a number of current topics in ecology.

The Governance of Nature and the Nature of Governance: Policy that works for Biodiversity and Livelihoods
By: Krystyna Swiderska
International Institute for Environment and Development
Key words: rural poverty, rural livelihoods, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), India, Tanzania, Peru
This lengthy report criticizes top-down exclusionary conservation approaches in their failure to meaningfully incorporate indigenous populations in the face of increasing biodiversity loss. Primarily the focus of the article is on the lack of community-based resource management inclusion into larger scales of management programs. Case studies are included from the following countries: India, Tanzania and Peru.

The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: The Natural but Often Forgotten Partners
By: Claudia Sobrevila
The World Bank
A principal aim of this study is to get a better sense of what the World Bank needs to know in order to engage Indigenous Peoples more effectively in biodiversity conservation projects and programs. It is in this sense that the reporting is geared to Bank Task Team leaders, advisors, directors, and managers and also government and nongovernmental organization personnel engaged in biodiversity conservation programs. Indigenous peoples might also benefit from the report´s presentation of tools to seeking international funding for biodiversity-related activities in their ancestral territories.

Social forestry: An analysis of Indonesian forestry policy
By: Herb Thompson
Journal of Contemporary Asia
Key words: corporate influence, logging, theory vs practice, Indonesia
Social forestry arose in response to the widespread crisis of resource loss around the 1980s. In practice, social forestry hasn’t always led to ideal land management partnerships, and all too often use the traditional communities as scape goats. In this discussion of Indonesian forestry policy, the author makes recommendations on how to move towards a more equitable partnership model.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Restoration Practices
By: Rene Senos, Frank K. Lake, Nancy Turner, & Dennis Martinez
In Apostol, Dean & Sinclair, Marcia, eds. Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia. Washington, DC : Island Press: 393-426. Chapter 17
Key words: Ecological Restoration, Environmental Degradation, Indigenous Peoples’, Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Ecological restoration is a process, a directed action aimed at repairing damage to ecocultural systems for which humans are responsible. Environmental degradation has impaired the functioning of both ecological and cultural systems and disrupted traditional practices that maintained these systems over several millennia. Indigenous and local peoples who depend on the integrity and productivity of their immediate environment more than the global, urbanized society are directly affected by ecosystem damage. Despite this clear connection between cultural and ecological integrity, however, the knowledge and interests of indigenous peoples typically are not considered in attempts to restore degraded ecosystems.

Aboriginal forestry in Canada
By: Parsons, R.; Prest, G.
The Forestry Chronicle
Key words: aboriginal forestry, consultation, legal frameworks, Canada
Aboriginal forestry includes a combination of cultural protocols and a consideration for future generations. This article discusses the intersection of traditional land management and the modern legal landscape related to forestry.

Introduction: Theme Issue: Native American Land Management Practices in National Parks
Ecological Restoration, 21:245-246;doi:10.3368/er.21.4.245
December 2003

Native American Practices in National Parks: A Debate: Facing a New Ecosystem Management Paradigm for National Parks
by David M. Graber
Ecological Restoration, 21:264-268;doi:10.3368/er.21.4.264
December 2003

Native American Practices in National Parks: A Debate: Simulated Indigenous Management: A New Model for Ecological Restoration in National Parks
by M. Kat Anderson and Michael G. Barbour
Ecological Restoration, 21:269-277;doi:10.3368/er.21.4.269
December 2003

Indigenous knowledge in sustainable forest management: Community-based approaches achieve greater success
By: Deborah McGregor
The Forestry Chronicle
Key words: native values mapping, Aboriginal forestry, sustainable communities, Canada
Within Ontario’s new forest management planning process aboriginal participants feel that their inclusion in the process is lacking. Both aboriginal and non-aboriginal participants often replied that the results of a project were often better when control and nature of information sharing was given entirely to the aboriginal parties.

Evicting People from Nature: Indigenous Land Rights and National Parks in Australia, Russia, and the United States
By: Robert Poirier & David Ostergren
Natural Resources Journal, 42:331
Key words: Indigenous People, Protecting Wild Areas, Australia, United States, Russia
http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1536&context=nrjThe authors compare Australia, the United States, and Russia to provide a cross section of political and cultural circumstances impacting indigenous people as these countries recognize the value of protecting wild natural areas. All three nations initiated protected area systems in the late 1800s that excluded indigenous populations. Throughout most of the 1900s, indigenous peoples were separated from the land by legal, political, and cultural barriers. They conclude by demonstrating that within the context of international agreements, all three nations have slowly recognized the rights of indigenous peoples and their role within, or next to, national park lands.

Land use research and the duty to consult: a misrepresentation of the aboriginal landscape
By: David Natcher
Land Use Policy
Key words: Resource development, Aboriginal rights, Land use, Co-management, Empowerment, Canada
Previously developed aboriginal land use studies are more frequently being used as a form of consultation by industrial developers and, to a lesser extent, Canadian government. This article is questioning the practice on the basis of methodological limitations and the resulting cultural misrepresentation.

Last updated: August 28, 2018