Section definition of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): Adaptive ecological knowledge developed through an intimate reciprocal relationship between a group of people and a particular place over time.

The mission of the ESA TEK section:

  1. to promote the understanding, dissemination and respectful use of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological research, application and education;
  2. to encourage education in traditional ecological knowledge;
  3. to stimulate research which incorporates the traditional knowledge and participation of indigenous people;
  4. to increase participation by indigenous people in the Ecological Society of America;
  5. to foster understanding of indigenous and local knowledge in relationship to place; and
  6. to facilitate communication among people with diverse ways of knowing, both within ESA and between ESA and other communities.

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