The Neglected Key to Successful Biodiversity Conservation and Appropriate Development: Local traditional knowledge

Nat Quansah


The need to conserve the worlds’ biodiversity is no longer
a  controversial  issue.   However,  the question of how  to
conserve biodiversity is a pressing issue. The evidence of
this is seen in the continued loss of biodiversity, especially
in the rich biodiversity countries of the world, despite the
efforts by many governments and non-governmental or-
ganizations and individuals. Similarly, the need for coun-
tries to develop is not an issue but which types of develop-
ment and how development is implemented are important
issues. So how do we arrive at successfully conserving
biodiversity  and  achieve  appropriate  development  pro-
grams? This paper presents local traditional knowledge as
the neglected key to successful biodiversity conservation
as well as appropriate development programs. Successful
biodiversity  conservation  and  the  implementation  of  ap-
propriate development programs, it is suggested, may be
ccomplished by consciously targeting and harnessing lo-
cal  traditional knowledge. The effectiveness  is based on
the various relationships that exist between people of di-
verse  cultures  and  the  other  elements  of  biodiversity  in
their respective areas.

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