Interpretation: A Key to Ecosystem Restoration in the 21st Century
The United Nations has declared 2021-2030 the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a groundbreaking initiative to address the pressing global challenge of environmental degradation. To ensure the success of the Decade, many new and innovative approaches to environmental stewardship must be adopted. One such approach is the use of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in afforestation areas.
TEK is the accumulated traditional knowledge, practices and beliefs of indigenous and local communities that relate to their environment and the sustainable use of natural resources. It is based on generations of observation, experimentation, and adaptation to the environment, and is often deeply embedded within the cultural and spiritual values of the community. In afforestation areas, TEK can be used to identify the traditional and medicinal uses of the plants found in the area, protect species at risk, and manage the impact of invasive species.
Traditional and medicinal uses of plants in afforestation areas can be determined by tapping into TEK. Through TEK, local communities can identify the plants that grow in the area, their medicinal properties, and the traditional uses of the plants. This knowledge can be used to develop a comprehensive inventory of the area’s plant species and their uses, which can inform the conservation and management of the area.
TEK can also be used to identify species at risk and protect them from further degradation. Indigenous and local communities often have specialized knowledge on the natural environments in their area, including which species are rare or endangered. This knowledge can be used to prioritize conservation efforts and take action to protect these species.
Finally, TEK can be used to mitigate the impacts of invasive species in afforestation areas. TEK can provide information on how to identify, monitor, and manage invasive species, and on traditional methods for controlling them. For example, local communities can be engaged in efforts to remove invasive species and restore native habitats.
The 21st century must be one of environmental stewardship. The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration provides a unique opportunity to put TEK to use in afforestation areas, to protect species at risk, and to address the impacts of invasive species. By incorporating TEK into the restoration process, the Decade can be a crucial step in the global fight against environmental degradation.
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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
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