The contribution of Indigenous and local people to cataloguing life on Earth
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Proposed Symposium Title: The contribution of Indigenous and local people to cataloguing life on Earth
Juan C. Copete 1*, Alred Kik2 Vojtech Novotny2 & Rodrigo Cámara-Leret1*
Affiliations: 1 Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland 2 University of South Bohemia, Branisovska 31, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic 3 Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Branisovska 31, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Indigenous and local peoples' (ILPs) [NV1] contributions to cataloguing life on Earth have been significant but remain under-appreciated. After over 200 years of insights from ILPs to science, the potential contribution of ILPs to current biodiversity research and conservation remains underutilised. The traditional knowledge of ILPs face growing cultural and biological threats. Fostering greater participation of ILPs in research would make science more efficient and conservation more sustainable while also slowing down the erosion of traditional knowledge and skills of ILPs, but formidable obstacles to such participation remain.