From Community-Based Monitoring to Management: The PISUNA Approach
March 13, 2017
From the 6th to the 7th December 2016 the PISUNA project - funded by the European Commission’s BEST Initiative – gathered together Greenlandic stakeholders and international experts in Nuuk to discuss and share experiences and lessons-learnt during the project, as well as from other community-based monitoring initiatives in the Arctic.
Indigenous peoples in the Arctic depend on the living resources for their livelihood. They have long established practices for observing the environment. Knowledge has sometimes been accumulated in communities over many years and has been passed down from generation to generation. Experienced fishers and hunters often have a fine-scale and intimate understanding of the local environment, and an appreciation of subtle but important changes. However, the integration of indigenous knowledge into current management regimes remains a challenge. Given the rapid environmental changes being experienced in the region, the proper recognition and integration of this knowledge can help to both improve management actions and to assess whether such actions are having the desired impact.