By Janis Hoberg, Elisa Oteros-Rozas, and Tobias PlieningerThe last decade has shown an increasing interest in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) as a source of information for environmental policy and management. In particular, the newly established Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) intends to complement scientific knowledge by consideration of the rich diversity of local and traditional ecological knowledge around the world to inform policy processes in more meaningful ways. Many empirical studies have been carried out in indigenous communities in developing countries, exhibiting specific traits of culture, history and exposure to the environment. In contrast, evidence on TEK in developed countries with more homogenous populations and fewer indigenous communities is scant, which presents a major barrier to the consideration of TEK in environmental policy processes.
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