Special Issue "Advancing the Involvement of Indigenous and Local Communities in Monitoring and Understanding Freshwater Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: community-based resource management; interdisciplinary research; applied ecology
Climate change, resource development, and other stresses are impacting the sustainability of freshwater ecosystems, including the Makenzie River Basin of Northwestern Canada, the Mekong River of Southeast Asia, and the Amazon Basin in Brazil. A variety of approaches to documenting biophysical patterns and trends have highlighted changes in water, fish, and aquatic habitats, but these have typically been defined and measured in physical and biological terms. A deeper understanding of these changes and their social, cultural, and economic implications can be gained through community-based monitoring and research. Historically, northern Indigenous communities have been discouraged from participating in formal monitoring programs and systems of natural resource governance. However, traditional forms of tracking change are well developed in communities that have long histories of connection to place. This issue is based on research from across the Mackenzie River Basin, the largest and longest river system in Canada, as well as related studies in the Mekong and Amazon basins. The connections throughout these river basins are not only biophysical; kinship networks, common economic and cultural practices, as well as shared beliefs and norms have created opportunities for people to work together over many generations. The research project Tracking Change builds on these long histories of interconnection, creating opportunities for people to build a shared understanding of social–ecological change based on Indigenous and local knowledge. The issue brings together papers led by graduate students, community researchers, and academics on diverse issues of change in freshwater ecosystems.
As a whole, the papers provide insight into the common narratives and issues facing Indigenous communities, as well as the diversity of indicators and approaches important for advancing capacity and networks of Indigenous and local communities in monitoring freshwater ecosystems.
Dr. Brenda Parlee
Dr. Henry P. Huntington
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- Traditional knowledge
- Subsistence fisheries