What is Ethnoecology?

Ethnoecology, a field Darrell Posey worked all his life to promote, is the study of the complex relationship, both past and present, between people and their environment.  It transcends the disciplinary boundaries of anthropology, botany, zoology, ecology, economics, archaeology, pharmacology, linguistics and related fields.  The emphasis of ethnoecology is on local peoples’ perceptions, knowledge and understandings of their own reality and problems.  Few fields are better positioned to provide the insights necessary to promote dialogue and find workable solutions to today’s pressing environmental and social justice concerns.  

What are Traditional Resource Rights?

Traditional resource rights as a concept was an attempt by Darrell Posey and Graham Dutfield (Professor of International Governance) to integrate a bundle of basic rights that include human and cultural rights, the right to self-determination, and territorial rights.  Traditional resource rights recognize the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to control the use of plant, animal and other resources, and associated traditional ecological knowledge and skills.  They take into account the spiritual, aesthetic, cultural and economic values of such resources, knowledge and skills.