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South BayGeo Meetup Message Board › Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge to Improve Conservation through Data Shar

Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge to Improve Conservation through Data Sharingz" July 27th / Please forward

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"Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge to Improve Conservation through Data Sharing"
by Kai Henifin, Conservation Biology Institute

"The conservation community has begun to recognize the need to incorporate a more holistic group of stakeholders into environmental discourse. Indigenous communities around the world have started to utilize mapping technology to
ensure their participation in land and resource management internally as well as externally.

In order to promote these emerging working relationships between scientist, practitioners and community members as well to minimize the need to learn proprietary software Conservation Biology Institute has created Data Basin. Data Basin is an innovative web tool that enables individuals and organizations to download a vast library of conservation datasets, upload their own data, and produce customized maps that can be easily shared. The participation of a diverse group of stakeholders in conservation ensures a broader understanding of environmental impacts as well as the opportunities to protect and sustain our natural resources."

Kai Henifin is a Cultural Ecologist/GIS Analyst with the non-profit organization Conservation Biology Institute. Her work focuses on furthering conservation efforts through inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge which historically has been excluded from conventional science.­

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103 Mulford Hall is located on the Berkeley campus, immediately to the left of the west gate entrance, and across the street from the eucalyptus grove. It is close to the intersection of Oxford St and University Ave. For an interactive campus map and directions please see­ and­


Indigenous Mapping Network meetings at UC-Berkeley convene mapping practitioners, indigenous community members, indigenous rights organizations, researchers, and technology professionals to discuss current issues in indigenous mapping.

Our meetings are intended to create a platform for supporting indigenous mapping collaborations and linking communities with emerging technologies.

Mapping approaches can include thought-maps, performance, materials, as well as GIS, web, and mobile phone technologies.

***We are looking for a few more officers to help us form a Berkeley student group!***

Thank you to the UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management for co-sponsoring this event!

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