Mental health project kicks off in Guyana

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Over one billion people globally struggle with issues related to mental health, including depression, substance abuse and self-harm. Lack of research in implementation and policy change is further impeded by stigma, capacity shortages, and fragmented service delivery. In collaboration with Guyanese communities and stakeholders, and funded by the British Academy, the Cobra Collective is participating in ARCLIGHT (‘Action Research Community Led Initiative Guyana Health Team’), an ambitious new research project which will develop, implement and evaluate a capacity building and … Read More

Climate change planning workshop takes place in Caracas, Venezuela

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Designing climate change action plans: integrating perspectives from Indigenous peoples, academia and government institutions in Canaima National Park, held on the 23, 24 and 25 January 2017. Workshop brings together government authorities, scientists and Indigenous leaders to explore how the Canaima National Park and its inhabitants can mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The workshop, held on the grounds of Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC) and funded by the British Embassy in Caracas, was opened by … Read More

Why bridging traditional knowledge and environmental science matters

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Although there is growing recognition of the relevance of local knowledge systems for conservation and environmental management, Western science continues to value quantitative data on a relatively small number of variables. Local ecological knowledge, on the other hand, qualitatively integrates complex situations over different spatio-temporal scales and across disciplines to provide holistic interpretations. Engagement with local ecological knowledge is typically to validate it through scientific knowledge, and/or to assimilate it within Western worldviews of nature and the environment e.g. community … Read More