Representing knowledge: Local ecological knowledge (LEK) and natural resource governance in India
India abounds not only in biodiversity but also in communities dependent on natural resources. These communities have forged unique relationships with their specific ecosystems such as forests, oceans, rivers, coasts, etc. over many generations and derived both sustenance and livelihoods directly from these natural habitats. As a result, these groups are rich repositories of ecological knowledge, and have the the potential to inform sustainable resource management and biodiversity conservation planning and interventions.
At the behest of the Indian offices of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (