Integrating Community Knowledge into Environmental and Natural Resource Decision-Making: Notes from Alaska and Around the World

Washington & Lee Journal of Energy, Climate and Environment, p. 81, 2012

52 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2015

Date Written: March 20, 2012

Abstract

Community knowledge (including traditional, local, and indigenous knowledge) has a role to play in government agency decisions regarding the environment and natural resources. This article considers the benefits of using community knowledge, as well as obstacles to collecting this knowledge and integrating it with Western science. The article further discusses how federal agencies in Alaska use community knowledge and laws that potentially affect this use (including the Data Quality Act). Finally, the article provides recommendations for agencies to consider in collecting and using community knowledge.

Suggested Citation

Ristroph, Elizaveta, Integrating Community Knowledge into Environmental and Natural Resource Decision-Making: Notes from Alaska and Around the World (March 20, 2012). Washington & Lee Journal of Energy, Climate and Environment, p. 81, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2648420

Elizaveta Ristroph (Contact Author)

University of Hawaii at Manoa ( email )

Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Saunders Hall 107 2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI NA 96822
United States

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