Who Knows? On the Importance of Identifying “Experts” When Researching Local Ecological Knowledge

  title={Who Knows? On the Importance of Identifying “Experts” When Researching Local Ecological Knowledge},
  author={Anthony Davis and John Wagner},
  journal={Human Ecology},
Documenting local ecological knowledge (LEK) has recently become a topic of considerable interest within the social research, development, and indigenous rights communities. For instance, LEK is thought to offer a substantial alternative to existing, largely “top–down,” natural resource management regimes. LEK informed resource management systems would acknowledge peoples' experiences and priorities, while also providing people with additional means of empowerment. Given these qualities, one… 
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