Topic ID #16675 - posted 2/28/2012 4:42 AM

Indigenous Peoples at Forefront of Climate Change Offer Lessons On Plant Biodiversity



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Indigenous Peoples at Forefront of Climate Change Offer Lessons On Plant Biodiversity

ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2012) — Humans are frequently blamed for deforestation and the destruction of environments, yet there are also examples of peoples and cultures around the world that have learned to manage and conserve the precious resources around them. The Yanesha of the upper Peruvian Amazon and the Tibetans of the Himalayas are two groups of indigenous peoples carrying on traditional ways of life, even in the face of rapid environmental changes. Over the last 40 years, Dr. Jan Salick, senior curator and ethnobotanist with the William L. Brown Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden has worked with these two cultures.

She explains how their traditional knowledge and practices hold the key to conserving, managing and even creating new biodiversity in a paper released in the new text, "Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability," published by Cambridge University Press.


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