Projects/ Programs

●​  Indigenous Scientific Assistant and Partnership Program

●​  Indigenous Cultivation, Restoration and Lands Management Program

●​  Indigenous Ecological Studies Program  

Goals

To implement projects that help empower native/indigenous communities by promoting and increasing opportunities for the communities to use and apply traditional ecological knowledge in their regions and elsewhere. Goals include strengthening and perpetuating this knowledge base within indigenous communities while at the same time enabling indigenous communities to influence land management, environmental and economic perspectives of the currently dominant cultures.


Project Introductions

Integrated Ecological Knowledge

Dedicated to the strengthening and perpetuation of indigenous traditional ecological knowledge within indigenous communities and, through the communities, application and integration of this knowledge towards helping solve modern environmental dilemmas.

Indigenous Scientific Assistant and Partnership Program

In the rainforest of southern Cameroon, Baka guides have and continue to be involved assistance for scientific field research. The traditional biological knowledge and observation skills held by this forest-dwelling people is astounding in its breath and detail. However, it is evident that the modern situation continues to erode at their knowledge base. Through formalizing and stabilizing the economic value of this knowledge base through scientific assistance and other potential avenues, the program aims to strengthen and perpetuate traditional ecological knowledge within Baka communities. [NP [1] ]


Indigenous Cultivation, Restoration and Land Management Program

The program is aimed at expanding opportunities for Californian tribal communities to exercise traditional tending, harvesting and burning practices for native plants and habitats and, by extension, restore and manage indigenous-influenced natural habitats and reduce catastrophic wildfire risk. It also aims to help create opportunities for indigenous Californians to integrate applicable traditional ecological knowledge into current land management practices. The program will have several components including land tending projects on private lands, habitat management projects on public lands and tribally-controlled conservation easements, and formalized involvement in mitigation restoration. It will begin with a pilot project on a private 10-acre parcel in Sierra Nevada foothills. The non-profit program aims to develop mainstream economic value for these practices and facilitate start-up of Native-owned companies and markets for Native experts. [NP/FP; AE implementation of the program is non-profit, one goal of which is establishment of for-profit Native-owned enterprises]

Indigenous Ecology Studies Programs

Support development of academic programs that provide educational opportunities in the ecological sciences for Native Americans and further the scientific understanding of the ecology of traditional Native American land tending practices and ecosystem interactions. Programs will include 1) a scholarship program for Native Americans for study in the ecological sciences, 2) developing a graduate-level program centered on conducting research to study and test traditional indigenous land interactions from  an ecological science perspective, and 3) development of undergraduate courses focused on the nature, history, and ecology of Native American land tending and ecosystem interactions, eventually becoming the core classes in an undergraduate degree program. [NP]


[1] NP= Non-Profit, FP= For-Profit


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