The recognition of traditional ecological knowledge in the forest rangers program: A case study of Suriname

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The Amazon is an important biome in the world and is also known as the lungs of the earth. However, deforestation is a problem in the Amazon. Forest conservation is a potential response to this problem. Forest conservation can be done in a variety of ways, one of which is by working with Indigenous peoples to preserve their forests. However, this collaboration in forest conservation initiatives only has potential if the Indigenous people’s traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is recognized. To get more in depth whether this happens in forest conservation projects, a case study was done regarding the Indigenous forest rangers in Suriname, who are employed by the NGO ACT in the forest ranger program. Interviews were conducted with both the forest rangers and ACT. These interviews revealed that the rangers and ACT have different perspectives on whether TEK is recognized in the forest ranger program. ACT sees TEK as being recognized. However, the rangers do not. The rangers see as their wishes and needs with relation to forest protection program not being recognized by ACT. Since their TEK is intrinsically entwined with their culture and way of life, ignoring their wants and needs amounts to not recognizing their TEK.
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