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Fishers' knowledge in fisheries science and management
In 1985, UNESCO published the groundbreaking volume edited by Ken Ruddle and Richard (Bob) Johannes on The Traditional Knowledge and Management of Coastal Systems in Asia and the Pacific.
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In those early days, environmental knowledge possessed by local and indigenous communities was beginning to gain recognition, but only in isolated circles and at disparate localities. This changed with the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity and its explicit requirement in Article 8(j) that contracting Parties must ‘respect, preserve and maintain the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities’. Today, local and indigenous knowledge is widely recognized as a key element in biodiversity conservation, even though its role continues to stir considerable controversy and debate.