Biocultural approaches to pollinator conservation

Hill, Rosemary, Nates-Parra, Guiomar, Quezada-Euán, Jose Javier, Buchori, Damayanti, LeBuhn, Gretchen, Maués, Marcia, Pert, Petina, Kwapong, Peter, Saeed, Shafqat, Breslow, Sara, Carneiro da Cunha, Manuela, Dicks, Lynn ORCID:, Galetto, Leonardo, Gikungu, Mary, Howlett, Brad, Imperatriz-Fonseca, Vera, Martín-López, Berta, Oteros-Rozas, Elisa, Lyver, Phil, Potts, Simon G. and Roué, Marie (2019) Biocultural approaches to pollinator conservation. Nature Sustainability, 2. pp. 214-222. ISSN 2398-9629

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Pollinators underpin sustainable livelihoods that link ecosystems, spiritual and cultural values, and customary governance systems with indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) across the world. Biocultural diversity is a short-hand term for this great variety of people-nature interlinkages that have developed over time in specific ecosystems. Biocultural approaches to conservation explicitly build on the conservation practices inherent in sustaining these livelihoods. We used the Conceptual Framework of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to analyse the biocultural approaches to pollinator conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities globally. The analysis identified biocultural approaches to pollinators across all six elements of the Conceptual Framework, with conservation-related practices occurring in sixty countries, in all continents except Antarctica. Practices of IPLC that are significant for biocultural approaches to pollinator conservation can be grouped into three categories: the practice of valuing diversity and fostering biocultural diversity; landscape management practices; and diversified farming systems. Particular IPLCs may use some or all of these practices. Policies that recognise customary tenure over traditional lands, strengthen Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas, promote heritage listing and support diversified farming within a food sovereignty approach, are among several identified that strengthen biocultural approaches to pollinator conservation, and thereby deliver mutual benefits for pollinators and people.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Correction at: 10.1038/s41893-019-0279-1
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 13:56
DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0244-z


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