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  • Titill er á ensku The potential value of indigenous knowledge in climate change adaptation strategies : the Ghanaian perspective
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  • In some countries, indigenous knowledge and practices contribute significantly to environmental conservation. These are long-standing practices that are observed with cultural values with a sense of responsibility for the environment. The research highlights the role of taboos, indigenous farming methods, traditional beliefs, and values in the conservation of the natural environment. It is argued that the ongoing climate discourse has not explored the indigenous knowledge and structures in environmental conservation, to harness its potential for climate change adaptation strategies in Ghana. The study found that the indigenous belief systems were effective, especially the taboos serve to cultivate respect for nature, make people care for the environment and love the land. Respect, care, and love are emotions that have huge impact on people's behaviour. The Indigenous farming methods were practically climate-sensitive. Among the recommendations is that the policy designers must engage holders of indigenous knowledge and include their knowledge into contemporary science-policy-society to mobilise their support for a responsive climate change adaptation strategy. Also, Indigenous knowledge forms should be documented to serve as a foundation to provide insight into the life people live in a particular community concerning their environment.
    Keywords: Indigenous knowledge, Environment, Taboos, Farming practices, Traditional beliefs, Conservation, Climate change, Emotions and Behaviour

  • 19.8.2022

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