Traditional Climate Knowledge: A Case Study in a Peasant Community of Tlaxcala, Mexico
By: Alexis D. Rivero-Romero, Ana I. Moreno-Calles, Alejandro Casas, Alicia Castillo, & Andrés Camou-Guerrero
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 12:33
Key words: weather, Tlaxcala, Mexico, climate, agriculture
In this study in a rural village in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico, researchers sought to analyze community members’ traditional knowledge about local weather and climate, and its importance in decision-making in agriculture.

Lacandon Maya Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Rainforest Restoration: Soil Fertility Beneath Six Agroforestry System Trees
By: Tomasz B. Falkowski, Stewart A.W. Diemont, Adolfo Chankin, & David Douterlungne
Ecological Engineering, 92:210-217
Key words: Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Management, Nutrient Cycling, Soil Properties, Succession, trees, Maya, Mexico, rainforest restoration
The swidden agroforestry system of the Lacandon Maya has allowed them to sustainably manage their land for hundreds of years without observed soil degradation. Lacandon land managers plant and care for many particular tree species during the fallow period of their multi-successional swidden system to facilitate the restoration of soil fertility. Soil samples were taken around six of tree species in different-aged sites to evaluate their effect on soil fertility.

Singing the Turtles to Sea. The Comcáac (Seri) Art and Science of Reptiles
By: Gary Paul Nabhan
University of California Press
Key words: Sense of place, local ecological interactions, unexpected relationships, language preservation, species monitoring, ethnoherpetology, sea turtles, Mexico, Seri
The Seri language is an example of how a lexicon can reflect cultural values and a deep understanding of ecological relationships. Ethnographic research done with the Seri shows how a language, within the context of that culture, lead to filling in knowledge gaps in regional conservation efforts.

Toward Adaptive Community Forest Management: Integrating Local Forest Knowledge with Scientific Forestry
By: Daniel James Klooster
Economic Geography
Key words: political ecology, adaptive management, Mexico, forest management
This study compares the benefits and limits of traditional knowledge and Western science in the context of a forest management plan of highland Michoacán, Mexico, and makes recommendations for an adaptive management plan based on the combination of the two.

Last updated: June 14, 2018