Who We Are
The International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) is a global, collaborative network of individuals and organizations working to preserve vital links between human societies and the natural world.
Established in 1988, the ISE now includes researchers, academics, students, lawyers, policy-makers, and community leaders from over 70 countries. Many ISE members are affiliated with and support traditional and/or indigenous values and communities. Our collective expertise spans many disciplines including ethnobiology, conservation of biocultural diversity, intellectual property and resource rights, ecology, and applied ethics.
Despite our diversity, ISE members share a common concern and a common vision. We are concerned by the loss of traditional, local, and indigenous knowledge, and the effects of that loss on biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity. We envision harmonious existence between humankind and the natural world for the benefit of future generations, and work toward this vision by promoting dialogue on resources, knowledge, ethics, and research methods across regions, cultures, and worldviews.
The ISE is governed by a constitution and guided by a voluntary board, committee members, and a council of elders, as described by our organizational structure. The ISE’s managing director handles daily administration of the society, and works with board members on fundraising and program development.
The ISE is a non-profit (501(c)3) scientific and educational association registered in the state of Vermont, USA.