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Dennis Martinez is the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Restoration Network, a working group of the Society for Ecological Restoration International. He is currently working as a representative of TIP with a coalition of environmental, government, and industry groups in the Applegate Adaptive Management Area of southwest Oregon on a 50,000 acre experimental project designed to test different philosophies of integrated fuels reduction\ecological restoration\timber harvesting, including a large Native American Demonstration Area. He is also beginning work with the Klamath Watershed Alliance in northwestern California, a coalition of tribes and environmentalists whose mission is to use TEK and Western Science in restoring the Klamath River fisheries and upland ecosystems within the greater middle and lower Klamath Drainage.

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Prof. Dr. Ramasamy Santhanam 
did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. with Marine Biology specialization during 1971 and 1976 respectively.  He possesses 27 years of Teaching / Research and 16 years of administrative experience. Presently he is serving as Dean in the Fisheries College and Research Institute of Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Thoothukudi India. To his credit he has 9 books, 2 manuals, 6 edited symposium proceedings, 70 research articles in Biological Oceanography and Aquaculture and 150 extension articles. On invitation, he has attended 14 International conferences.  He has organized 12 Seminars/Workshops. He is a member of American Fisheries Society, World Aquaculture Society and Global Fisheries Ecosystem Management Network (GFEMN).


"Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Tamilnadu (India) Fishermen"

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Apeetha Arunagiri is an Australian writer who has lived in one of India's most famous pilgrimage places for most of her life, very much part of the local community, active in exploring sustainable solutions to civic concerns. In 1975, after studying in Europe on a travelling fellowship, Apeetha went to the sacred mountain Arunachala in Tamil Nadu, South India. With the assistance of John Seed of the Rainforest Information Centre in Lismore, she has been engaged in reforestation around the sacred mountain for about twenty-five years. Apeetha has returned to Australia recently in order to coordinate and extend the capacities of a small project focused on social ecology. 

"The Arunachala Kadu Siva Plantation"

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Dr. Zulfiqar Ali has a PhD in zoology and wildlife conservation at University of Punjab, and is a practicing conservation biologist, Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Ecosystems at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Lahore, Pakistan) and the winner of WWF-International Prince Bernhard Scholarship for Nature Conservation as well as being nominated for SER-I restoration award.
"Climate change influence on avian diversity of wetlands: a study with management options on a Ramsar site from Pakistan"


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Maria C. Ruiz-Jaen was born in Panama and is a descendant of the Cholula indigenous group inHonduras. She did her master thesis using an integral approach to measure restoration success with multiple variables of ecosystem attributes in two restoration projects in Puerto Rico. Just starting her PhD in the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) Program and Biology Department of McGill University (Canada), she is currently interested in forest recovery after different land uses along watersheds and the impacts of climate change on indigenous groups in Panama.

 

"The Impact of Climate Change on Two Indigenous Groups of Panama"

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Imogen Pua Ingram was born in New Zealand of Cook Islands and English parentage and brought up in a bilingual household on Rarotonga,Cook Islands. She graduated with a bachelor of Commerce in Accounting in 1987. In 1996 she was invested with the traditional leader’s title to Te Pa Mataiapo. After a term as Secretary, she is currently Assistant-Secretary of the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands (a body for indigenous chiefs). After three years as President of a national environmental NGO named “Taporoporoanga Ipukarea Society Inc. (which means “Save our Heritage” in English), and was active in the areas of climate change, waste management (especially hazardous waste), development studies and sustainable development.

“Impacts and Response Measures to Cyclones in Rarotonga, Cook Islands" 

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Namikat Nelson Duut holds an MSc. in Land Management and Land Tenure from Technesche-University in Germany. He is currently Regional Coordinator for Land and Water Management activities and Counterpart on the Sedentary Farming Systems of GTZ Brong Ahafo, Ghana.

"Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Addressing Global Warming- TheGhana Situation"

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Guillermo E. Rodriguez-Navarro is a founding member of the Fundacion Pro-Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and has been engaged in research in this area since 1977. He is currently a lecturer at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

"Spiritual significance and environmental effects of offerings amongst the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta"

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Nazgul Esengulova is the Director of the Ak Terek Public Fund in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Established in 2004 with the support of the Christensen Fund, the Fund is dedicated to preserving and promoting the culture of high-altitude nomadic peoples and ecosystems that are facing rapid and unpredictable environmental changes.

“Traditional ecological knowledge and climate change in high elevation mountains of Kyrgyz”

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Nigel Haggan is a consultant and research associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Fisheries Centre. Arnie Narcisse is a Stlatlimx-Blackfeet Indian and Chairman of the British Columbia Aboriginal Fisheries Commission. Dr Rashid Sumaila is Director of the UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit. Dr Simon Lucas is an hereditary Chief of the Hesquiaht Nation and an Adjunct Professor at UBC. Dr Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist and Distinguished Professor in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria BC. Our shared interest is in how different systems of knowledge can contribute to our collective understanding of aquatic ecosystems, the full range of values they provide and how to predict the full range of ecological, social and cultural consequences of our actions.

"Ecosystem Knowledge and Values"

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Preston Hardison is the Watershed Policy Analyst for the Tulalip Tribes and has worked for over a decade to promote the use of traditional knowledge in environmental management and the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional knowledge and cultural resources at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is currently working to implement the Cultural Stories project for the tribes.

"Global Warming and Local Land-Use Management"

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Elaine Abraham is a Tinglit Elder and retired professor at the Universityof Alaska. She is currently Chairperson, Board of Commissioners, Alaska Native Science Commission.

“Impact of Climate Change on Arctic Communities”

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Said Ahamada is a graduate in Endangered Species Management from ITC/Kent University and holds a Masters Degree from University Marne la Valée, Paris in information technology applied to research and project management. Working for more than 10 years in the field of environmental conservation, Said is in charge of coordinating the Comoros National Task Force and regional node of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (South Western Indian Ocean Islands State).

“Assessment of local communities’ management impact on coral reef recovery after the 1997/1998 bleaching in the Comoros”


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Hilda Araujo Camacho is Directora de CIPTA (Centro de Investigación y Tecnología para los Países Andinos) and has a PhD in the Anthropology of Education. She has been awarded the National Award by National Council for Science and Technology of Peru (CONCYTEC) for the best Post-Graduate thesis in 1989 at the National University of San Marcos, Lima,Peru.

“The effects of climate change in the Aymara community of Quillihuyu in the Lake Titicaca meseta of the Bolivian Andes”


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Tarun Chhabra is a practicing dentist who works with the Todas - the indigenous people of the upper Nilgiris of South India. In 1992, he and others established an NGO to help preserve their unique heritage and have helped with many projects over the years. Realizing that urgent eco-restorative measures were needed in the western upper Nilgiris - part of the core area of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve (the first in India and a global bio-diversity hotspot) - the Edhkwehlynawd Botanical Refuge (EBR) was established. Its aim is to use indigenous Toda knowledge to restore degraded areas as well as study and propagate the endemic flora of the region. 

"How Traditional Ecological Knowledge addresses Global Climate change: the perspective of the Todas - the indigenous people of the Nilgiri hills of South India"


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Dr. Corazon PB. Claudio, an engineer-economist, has worked in government, business and civil society in the fields of environment, energy, sustainable development, decision analysis, and risk management. At present, she serves on the Board of several organizations and provides advisory, teaching, and research services to others. Her involvement in ecological restoration includes leading the Management Association of the Philippines’ (MAP) Eco-Village Project for Indigenous Peoples, with an initial focus on the Aeta tribe in the Bamban, Tarlac watershed, the establishment of reforestation projects with livelihood opportunities for poverty alleviation, and the promotion of the Philippine energy-environment program, which incorporates climate change considerations.

“Restoring IP Communities on a Sustainable Path”

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Susan Crate is an Assistant Professor of Human Ecology, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax,Virginia. With an MA in Folklore and a PhD in Ecology (both from UNC-CH), her research focus is inherently interdisciplinary. She writes on such diverse topics as oral history (memoryscapes), rural post-Soviet cultural ecology, elder knowledge, local perceptions of global climate change, and sustainable indigenous communities. She is presently completing a book that integrates these and other themes entitled, "Cows, Kin and Globalization.

“Climate Change and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Viliui Sakha Settlements”

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Narayan Desai is the Managing Trustee & Executive Director of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) - India chapter. He holds a PhD in Botany- Restoration Ecology from the University of Pune, India.

“Restoration of Sacred grove with help of tribal traditional knowledge: Proposed Model Tribal Land Restoration Project at residential tribal school village Malegon, District Pune, India”

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Dipayan Dey holds a PhD in Plant Ecophysiology and Stress Biology fromBhagalpur University. He has undertaken research projects under the aegis of UNDP, UNEP UNFPA, WWF, the Bhutan Trust Fund for the protection of nature, Society for Experimental Biology, the International Society for Wetlands, the British Ecological Society and SAFE Indian chapter. Fields of research mainly included conservation and restoration ecology of high altitude wetlands, coastal wetlands, the floodplains of Indo-Nepal borders and mangrove vegetations of Sunderban deltas. Other areas of research include community-based sustainable development programmes, biodiversity indexing and eco-physiology of coastal mangrove species, and coastal rehabilitation through alternate farming.

“Conservation Ecology of Himalayan Wetlands and Glacial Lakes: Combating Climate Change through Community Participation”



Anna Heilmann has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from University of Copenhagen. She was a participant in Arctic Council project on women’s participation in decision management in fisheries management which continues as a project on women’s participation in rural decision management. She has worked previously as consultant in Greenlandic municipality in industrial development and in the secretary of gender equality council of Greenland.

“Climate change impact on Greenland and what is being done”

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Hussein Isack is a behavioral ecologist/ornithologist with a PhD fromOxford University. He currently holds the position of Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Ethnography, National Museums of Kenya,Nairobi and is engaged in the research and documentation of indigenous knowledge related to culture, peace, environment and sustainable development. He has conducted long-term studies on the symbiotic relationship between the wax-eating bird (Indicator indicator) and the honey hunters in northern Kenya.

Hassan Guyo Shano is a member of the pastoralist Boran community of northern Kenya. He is an active participant in lobby groups fighting for the rights of the socially, economically and politically marginalized and vulnerable groups in Kenya. He is currently a program officer with the Waso Trustland based in Isiolo district of Kenya.

                                               

“Traditional environmental stress coping strategies and the implication of global climate change on the applicability of the related TEK: the case of the Oromo speaking pastoralists of northern Kenya”


Soud Mohammad Jumah has his B.Sc in Forestry and Nature Conservation from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. He is currently taking Bioresources Sciences (major in hydrology) fromEhime University, Faculty of Agriculture, Matsuyama, Japan. He recently was Head of Conservation Section, Department of Commercial crops, fruits and forestry, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

 

“Traditional Management of Chwaka bay mangrove ecosystem inZanzibar, Tanzania - present status and future strategies”

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Chou Ma graduated from Beijing Forestry University with a PhD in 1996 and has since worked as a researcher in Chinese Academy of Forestry. His research program focuses on climate change, mountain people and the forest.

“Chinese Views on Climate Change”

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Billy Mukamuri is a full-time lecturer at the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS), University of Zimbabwe. He joined the UZ in 1995 as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IES). His main research interests include social and institutional dynamics of small-scale communities. Studies conducted include value of indigenous woodlands and other natural resources, use and marketing of wild fruits and medicinals, access to and management of biodiversity by rural communities, as well as the impact of macro-economic policies on natural resources utilization and management.

  

“Indigenous climate knowledge, local perceptions on climate change and management of climate change in south central Zimbabwe”

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Agnes Pilgrim is the oldest living Takelma Indian person, co-director with Dennis Martinez of the Takelma Intertribal Project (TIP), who brought back the Sacred Salmon Homecoming Ceremony after an absence of 150 years; chairwoman of the “13 Indigenous Grandmothers”; spiritual advisor to native and non-natives throughout the Pacific NW (U.S.) and honored by her tribe (Siletz) as “most cherished elder”, finalist for Ecotrust’s Buffett Award for Indigenous Conservation Leadership in NW North America 2003.


Miriam Labrada Pons is currently with the Institute of Tropical Geography, La Habana, Cuba. She is Project Head of the Management Plant of the Biosphere Reserve Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba. Her fields of research include environmental research, planning and management in protected areas and wetlands, remote sensing and GIS applications for vegetation cover.

“Wetlands under climate changes: case study of the Zapata Swamp, Cuba”

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Laura Ruelas Monjardin is an ecologist with the Instituto de Ecologia, A.C. Mexico (Unidad de Recursos Forestales) and works with local people in the Las Mancha region of coastal zone of Mexico (Caribbean) with focus on agriculture and forestry as well as the effects of climate change on the El Farallon Lagoon.

“Local perceptions on environmental problems: How to bridge the gap between the global and local scales”

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Udaya Sharma is Chairman of the Resource Development Initiative Center, Kathmandu, Nepal. For over two decades, he has been actively involved in community forestry using indigenous knowledge in nurturing, managing and attempting to restore the ecology and improve the livelihoods of the rural people.

“Ecological restoration using indigenous knowledge in Nepal

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Victoria Sharakhmatova completed post graduate studies  at KamchatkaState Technical University and intensive course work at the International Training Center of Indigenous Peoples in Nuuk, Greenland. She is currently working for the UNDP - Global Environmental Facility Project “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Salmonid Biological Diversity in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula”.

“Traditional Knowledge and its Value for Biodiversity Conservation”

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Chief Noeline Villebrun was elected Dene National Chief in 2003 and before that was VP of the Northwest Territories Native Women’s Association. She is a Governing Board member at the Center for Indigenous Peoples Nutrition and Environment (CINE-McGill University), and is the Arctic Athabaskan Council-Vice Chair International.



Alemayehu Wassie Eshete holds a MSc degree in farm forestry from Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU, Uppsala). Since that time, he has been working towards a PhD at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His thesis is focused on the ecological and social status of the remnant dry mountain forests preserved by Ethiopian Orthodox Churches for centuries.

“The Contribution of Ethiopian Church Forests in combating Ecological Degradation and Climate Change in Northern Ethiopia”

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Kent Werlin is a Habitat Biologist for the Watershed Division of the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management with a background in wetland ecology. His current work involves all facets of stream, riparian, and wetland restoration and protection throughout the Nez Perce Tribe's treaty territory. The program uses a holistic approach towards restoration, which encompasses entire watersheds, ridge top to ridge top, emphasizing all cultural aspects. It strives to attain historic ecosystem productive health, for the restoration of anadromous and resident fish populations. His personal restoration philosophy revolves around the implementation of passive restoration projects that are based natural models and incorporate cultural knowledge and plants where feasible.