Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems With Modern Science Essay

1595 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Traditional ecological knowledge and the systems that are associated with this wealth of knowledge developed over generations through lived experiences but were almost wiped out during the span of one. This knowledge can easily be lost because it is orally transmitted and is specialized within a community and location. If the system is not practiced for an extended period, the knowledge is threatened to become extinction. Bringing back traditional systems have helped communities move forward from the hardship that the previous generations endured, but can these traditional systems be restored and remain strong in the modern, ever-changing world? This knowledge is also appealing to the outside of these communities as many believe that intertwining traditional knowledge systems with modern science can help modern restoration efforts. Many believe that these systems can be the answer to many of the environmental issues, but the lack of understanding about the cultural importance can lead to further damage of these systems.

Traditional ecological knowledge systems differ from modern, western science knowledge in many ways but both systems are based on accumulation of observation and monitoring (Berkes, Colding, & Folke, 2000). The modern scientific knowledge system is based upon experiments, objective and separated from religious and belief, and many believe that this is enough to base ecological restoration practices off of but it is not. Western scientific knowledge can be…

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