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Building an indigenous evidence-base for tribally-led habitat conservation policies

Lily Gadamus, Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Roy Ashenfelter, Austin Ahmasuk, Vera Metcalf and George Noongwook

Marine Policy, 2015, vol. 62, issue C, 116-124

Abstract: Habitat conservation is a priority for many tribes, and indigenous local experts develop environmental policy goals based on their traditional knowledge of animal habitat use and habitat change. An indigenous evidence-base for ice seal and walrus habitat conservation in the Bering Strait region of Alaska was built by using qualitative methods to document the knowledge of 82 local expert seal and walrus hunters. Local experts produced detailed descriptions of seal and walrus habitat use and drivers of change in key habitat features, as well as policy goals based on indigenous evidence. These indigenous habitat policy goals are compared to U.S. government policies and differences are explored in terms of the indigenous evidence-base.

Keywords: Qualitative methods; TEK; Traditional ecological knowledge; Environmental social science; Marine mammals; Climate change; Habitat conservation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.09.008

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