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Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Environmental Resources Management

Conrad J Masabo, Juma N Ngeze


Though population changes have been noted to have effects on the state of the environment; the initiatives adopted to mitigate these eco-imbalances are still not in tandem with sustainable environmental development. This is reflected in the lack of significant eco-behaviour change by the populace, which at the same time has revealed strong attachment to their environment reflected in different cultural practices that were pro-environmental. This suggests that the ills of climate change are not foreign to different inhabitants, but rather they are historical phenomena that communities constantly struggled to mitigate. The paper argues for the employment of indigenous environment protection methods as the only sustainable solution to the ever complicated eco-challenges. Also, it advocates for the need of specific environmental projects/programmes to be organised in such a way as to suit specific geographical locations so as to accommodate the necessary indigenous environmental knowledge of all people concerned.


indigenous environmental knowledge; resources management; eco-challenges; population

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