“Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification addresses much that is important to First Nation communities — from recognising Indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge to environmental values, such as wildlife habitat, to social and economic values, such as stable jobs and markets,” says David Walkem, Chief of Cook’s Ferry Indian Band in British Columbia.
“Traditional Hawaiian ecological knowledge includes complex understandings of evolutionary biology, watershed health, agriculture aquaculture and resource management that allowed over one million people to sustainably reside in Hawai‘i," says Trisha Kehaulani Watson of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
“Many Hawaiian communities have begun to draw from their cultural heritage for knowledge and wisdom that can help restore marine ecosystems so that they can, once again, provide for these communities,” say Kevin Chang, Executive Director of KUA (Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo) and Charles Young, member of KUPA (Kamaʻāina United to Protect the ʻĀina).
“Hōkūleʻa and her crew have been crossing the ocean to show the world that old knowledge can be made new again, and that traditional ecological understanding is key to solving some of today’s greatest problems,” says Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
The Mangroves for the Future Small Grants Facility (MFF SGF) enabled NGO Nabolok Parishad to help local women like Promila Rani establish and run community enterprises that provide alternative and sustainable livelihoods.
Forested slopes can reduce the likelihood of landslides and avalanches, mangroves and sand dunes protect people from coastal storms, flooding and strong winds, and wetlands act as a buffer against floods.
"When you look at the people involved in international climate change discussions, most of them are men. If we want change, we have to start there," says Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Conservation International fellow.