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dc.contributor.authorHopping, Kelly A.
dc.contributor.authorYangzong, Ciren
dc.contributor.authorKlein, Julia A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-19T18:18:04Z
dc.date.available2016-02-19T18:18:04Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractChanging climate, social institutions, and natural resource management policies are reshaping the dynamics of social-ecological systems globally, with subsistence-based communities likely to be among the most vulnerable to the impacts of global change. These communities’ local ecological knowledge is increasingly recognized as a source of adaptive capacity for them as well as a crucial source of information to be incorporated into scientific understanding and policy making. We interviewed Tibetan pastoralists about their observations of environmental changes, their interpretations of the causes of these changes, and the ways in which they acquire and transmit this knowledge. We found that community members tended to agree that changing climate is driving undesirable trends in grassland and livestock health, and some also viewed changing management practices as compounding the impacts of climate change. However, those nominated by their peers as experts on traditional, pastoral knowledge observed fewer changes than did a more heterogeneous group of people who reported more ways in which the environment is changing. Herders mostly discussed these changes among themselves and particularly with village leaders, yet people who discussed environmental changes together did not necessarily hold the same knowledge of them. These results indicate that members of the community are transferring knowledge of environmental change primarily as a means for seeking adaptive solutions to it, rather than for learning from others, and that local leaders can serve as critical brokers of knowledge transfer within and beyond their communities. This highlights not only the interconnectedness of knowledge, practice, and power, but also points toward the important role that local governance can have in helping communities cope with the impacts of global change.
dc.description.sponsorshipPublished with support from the Colorado State University Libraries Open Access Research and Scholarship Fund.
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dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationHopping, Kelly A., Ciren Yangzong and Julia A. Klein. Local Knowledge Production, Transmission, and the Importance of Village Leaders in a Network of Tibetan Pastoralists Coping With Environmental Change. Ecology and Society 21, no. 1 (2016): article 25.
dc.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08009-210125
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/170672
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.publisher.originalResilience Alliance
dc.relation.ispartofOpen Access Research and Scholarship Fund (OARS)
dc.rights©2016 by the authors. Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance
dc.subjectcultural consensus analysis
dc.subjectglobal change
dc.subjectlocal ecological knowledge
dc.subjectpastoralism
dc.subjectsocial networks
dc.subject.lcshTibetan Plateau
dc.titleLocal knowledge production, transmission, and the importance of village leaders in a network of Tibetan pastoralists coping with environmental change
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