Our Work with the TEK Expert Group
Working with experts in traditional environmental practices from across North America has had an invaluable impact on our work. When considered alongside science, traditional knowledge contributes to an improved understanding of ecological processes and ultimately to better results for the environment.
This initiative recognizes the importance of preserving the traditional knowledge and practices of local and indigenous communities in order to help address the effects of climate change. This knowledge also contributes to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and to the protection of biological diversity.
The TEK Expert Group is the first traditional ecological knowledge panel to contribute to an intergovernmental organization like ours. The appointments stem from a commitment made by the Council at the 2014 Council Session in Yellowknife. It aims to work effectively with local and indigenous communities across North America to enhance our shared understanding of the environment and to help us make more effective environmental decisions.