Weaving knowledge systems: A biocultural approach to monitoring metrics


Community-based resource management continues to gain recognition in sustainability commitments in Hawaiʻi and around the world, especially when groups use metrics that build from and explicitly incorporate Indigenous and local knowledge systems, values, and perspectives. During this interactive session we will share examples of efforts to develop monitoring and reporting indicators using a biocultural approach that begins with understanding culturally grounded priorities and needs to inform subsequent actions. We invite participants to share examples and experiences and will conclude by discussing ways to evaluate the local relevance of existing indicators, including suggestions for modifications or development of new indicators.