Storing and sharing: A review of indigenous and local knowledge conservation initiatives

Petra Benyei, Guadalupe Arreola, Victoria Reyes-García

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© 2019, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Despite its relative adaptive capacity and its many values, indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) is rapidly eroding. Over the past decades a myriad of efforts have emerged to prevent this erosion. In this work, we reviewed and systematically coded 138 ILK conservation initiatives published in academic papers in order to explore trends in participation, digitalization, timing, location, and approach of the initiatives. We also explored factors influencing initiative inclusiveness. Our findings reveal that ILK holders are generally absent from most phases of the studied initiatives, although IT-based and in situ initiatives (i.e., education and community based conservation) appear as the exceptions. We also found that ex situ initiatives (i.e., research/documentation and policy/legislation efforts) are predominant, despite the challenges they reportedly face. These findings call for re-formulating the ways in which ex situ ILK conservation is done and for supporting in situ and IT based initiatives, as they offer the potential to lead the participatory turn.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Inclusiveness
  • Indigenous and local knowledge
  • Knowledge conservation
  • Systematic review


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