Traditional ecological knowledge intergenerational learning exchange report, Big Island, Hawaii August 21-24, 2008
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Traditional ecological knowledge intergenerational learning exchange report, Big Island, Hawaii August 21-24, 2008

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    "Pacific Island leaders in the marine conservation arena have identified the urgent need to abate the loss of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). There is concern that if the trend continues, traditional marine ecological knowledge and practices may cease to exist in the future. Further, should traditional management expertise erode completely, Oceania and indeed the world would suffer a significant loss of both its marine and cultural heritage, and our ability to use this information as part of solving current resource management issues. Leaders from around the Pacific have expressed the immediate need to foster the transmission of TEK and customary management practices from one generation to the next. To address this challenge, a pilot workshop was held from August 21-24, 2008 in Kona, Hawaii where twenty five participants came together for an intergenerational learning exchange amongst Pacific Island customary marine managers and their youth to: 1) Promote and strengthen traditional knowledge and customary practices between youth and cultural practitioners from 8 Hawai'i communities (Miloli'i, Ho'okena, Ha'ena, Waipa, Wai'anae, He'eia, Mo'omomi, Hana/Kipahulu), and 4 other Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Fiji, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands); 2) Foster the intergenerational transfer and preservation of traditional knowledge and customary marine management practices through multi-media skills building activities to collect oral histories pertaining to traditional marine management; and 3) Define and share lessons about the importance of incorporating traditional knowledge into modern management at the U.S. Coral Task Force Meeting. The outcomes of the workshop included the development of four examples of using traditional knowledge for policy and management activities including Public Service Announcements, Policy development for area based management, and Educational Curriculum. Additionally, a short video of the workshop experience was developed. These outputs were presented to members and participants of the US Coral Reef Task Force meeting. In addition, all participants received multi-media resource kits to bolster local traditional knowledge initiatives"--Workshop summary.
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