Traditional Knowledge Building

Summary and Expectations

The goal of this session is to develop best practice guidelines for bridging indigenous, traditional, local, and scientific knowledge and knowledge holders to develop community-based observing systems, which build on the needs and interest of indigenous, local and scientific communities, producing findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) data that is readily accessible to community and municipal decision maker as well as the scientific community. Differences and similarities between case studies in relation to observing needs, interests, and legal and institutional capacities will help us  develop a draft of the guidelines in preparation for the session. During the session participants will discuss and refine the guidelines and provide recommendations on how to develop a 10-year roadmap for integration of community-engaging and community-owned observing systems into a global observing system.

Expected Outcomes/Recommendations

  • Build up capacity within the scientific community to understand and value indigenous and other knowledge systems.
  • Connect initiatives and exchange success stories and challenges to develop a framework for Community Supported Observation and to give Community Supported Observations a voice in the Global Ocean Observing Community.
  • Partnering with communities to develop mutual beneficial interdisciplinary projects with social sciences and indigenous knowledge systems.