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University of KwaZulu-Natal (2022)

An exploration of indigenous knowledge systems and environmental conservation towards climate change.

Mzobe, Vukani Vincent.

Titre : An exploration of indigenous knowledge systems and environmental conservation towards climate change.

Auteur : Mzobe, Vukani Vincent.

Université de soutenance : University of KwaZulu-Natal

Grade : Master of Social Science 2022

Résumé
This dissertation looks to examine the feasibility of environmental conservation methods and approaches used in the Global North to the sustainability of Indigenous communities and their environments in the global South. The study provides a platform for continued efforts and approaches toward Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous communities. The study then draws on environmental conservation discourse, methods, and contributions to tackling environmental issues and concerns that directly and indirectly affect not only Indigenous peoples but their larger societies. There is vast array of literature that might help and further the discourse of environmental conservation and discourse beyond their socio-economic regions. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community is committed to addressing a substantial number of challenges. Among those emphasised by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are highly relevant for Indigenous groups. Education, poverty, access to justice and climate change are only just the tips of the issues affecting Indigenous people’s lives. Yet, Indigenous groups are not passive actors. Despite being at the mercy of climate hazards and misleading political decisions, the knowledge system they have developed throughout the centuries has helped them to successfully respond to ecological and development challenges. The study used desktop research, which is qualitative. It used secondary data to examine studies and efforts toward improving the environmental conservation methods and approaches that are directed towards improving the lives of Indigenous communities. The study examined a variety of data, studies, organizational contributions, and projects. The study showed that before any workable progress can be reached, methods and approaches to environmental discourse and actions need to be aware of the unique requirements of Indigenous communities both in the Global North and South.

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