Guyana Traditional Knowledge Plan aims for poverty reduction

A focus on traditional Knowledge sees the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs developing an action plan guide to be integrated into practice and policy in Guyana. The Traditional Knowledge Action Plan is a joint effort of the ministry and North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), South Central Peoples Development Association (SCPDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Protect Areas Commission (PAC), Royal Holloway-University of London, World Conservation and Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and Cobra Collective (CC).
The project bids to aid poverty reduction and will provide for the incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into decision making, monitoring and policy. Through the evaluation of the barriers to Traditional Knowledge, local Traditional Knowledge can be developed at a national scale. It is seeking to achieve the Convention Aichi Biodiversity Target 18, which aims at the incorporation of indigenous knowledge and traditions into a biodiversity policy, to aid in poverty reduction. The course of the project spans a period of three years, with the process beginning earlier in 2017. The Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) was also started by the Ministry in the North Rupununi.
The information obtained from the project will be used in decision making to protect the biodiversity of the 215 indigenous communities.