Indigenous Heritage 2020: Traditional knowledge directly supports conservation efforts

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It has been a delight to have shared several videos that have been produced through the on-going Darwin Initiative Traditional Knowledge in Conservation project here in Guyana. As you have seen, these videos showcase a wide array of the traditional knowledge and practices possessed by Guyana’s first peoples – Amerindians.

From their unique foods and how they are prepared, to their knowledge of traditional medicines, or from their handicraft making skills to their use of traditional tools that support the preparation of their foods or use in sustainable hunting practices, we hope you are more knowledgeable and appreciative of the culture of Guyana’s Indigenous peoples.

One of the main goals of this Darwin Initiative project is to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the role of Indigenous peoples in their role in supporting biodiversity conservation efforts in Guyana. Some of the communities that this project have engaged are Rewa, Apoteri, Aranaputa and Fairview – which are associated with the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve (one of Guyana’s five Protected Areas) in the North Rupununi. Today we share with you a video where you will hear from community members about how their traditional knowledge supports the sustainable management of their community lands and by extension, the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve.

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Grace Albert has 5 years’ experience in community development and visual methodologies. She speaks fluent Makushi and English, and has strong skills in community facilitation and engagement, visual methods, and her local Makushi traditions. Following a strong grounding in further education courses of natural resource management, wildlife management, agriculture , information technology, leadership and culture, she has worked for the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), a local Indigenous community-based organization, in several roles. This includes as a radio broadcaster, a community film maker and most recently as a Community Research Assistant. With these experiences, Grace hopes to remain as a resource person for her community and is committed towards development of her homeland.