The ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights promotes understanding of peoples’ complex and dynamic relationships with their environment, and supports indigenous peoples and local communities working to sustainably manage, and secure rights to, their environment and resources. The ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship Program was launched in 2004 with a grant from The Christensen Fund, and is administered by the International Society of Ethnobiology, of which Darrell Posey was a founder. Read more about Darrell Posey here.
Ethnoecology is the study of complex relationships, both past and present, between people and their environment. It transcends the disciplinary boundaries of anthropology, botany, zoology, ecology, economics, archaeology, pharmacology, linguistics and related fields. The emphasis of ethnoecology is on local peoples’ perceptions, knowledge and understandings of their own reality and problems. Few fields are better positioned to provide the background, knowledge, and insights necessary to promote dialogue and find workable solutions to today’s pressing resource management and social justice concerns.
Traditional resource rights integrate a bundle of basic rights that include human and cultural rights, the right to self-determination, and land and territorial rights. Traditional resource rights recognize the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to control the use of plant, animal and other resources, and associated traditional knowledge and technologies. They take into account the spiritual, aesthetic, cultural and economic values of such resources, knowledge and technologies.
The core objectives of the Fellowship Program are:
- to build ethnoecology as a discipline, while promoting ethical research practices and processes;
- to assist indigenous peoples working to achieve traditional resource, and other rights;
- to address broader spiritual and cultural aspects of well-being, health, and the environment.
Learn more about the main Fellowship Program components:
Please help support the ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship Program by making a secure online donation or mailing your check to:
ISE Darrell Posey Fellowship Program
14 School Street, PO Box 303
Bristol, VT 05443 USA
For more information on the Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights, email the ISE Managing Director.