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What is “Biocultural Heritage” and “Biocultural Innovation”?

27 Mar 2014

Article in Langscape Magazine explores these concepts in the context of the SIFOR project.

“Biocultural heritage” refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous peoples, and their biological resources, from the crops they develop to the landscapes they create. It also includes indigenous customary laws, cultural values and spiritual beliefs. This tangible and intangible heritage has been developed and sustained over hundreds of years, for the food, health, economic needs of current and future generations. Biocultural heritage is a holistic concept, where knowledge, biological diversity, landscapes and culture are inter-connected and inter-dependent. Together, these elements form the basis of sustainable and resilient local economies…

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