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Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Seasonal Calendars in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study from China
Yang, Huizhao1,2,3; Ranjitkar, Sailesh1,3,4; Zhai, Deli1,3; Zhong, Micai2,5; Goldberg, Stefanie Daniela1,3,4; Salim, Muhammad Asad1,2,3; Wang, Zhenghong1,2,3; Jiang, Yi3,4; Xu, Jianchu1,3,4
Corresponding AuthorXu, Jianchu(jxu@mail.kib.ac.cn)
2019-06-02
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume11Issue:12Pages:22
AbstractA seasonal calendar, based on traditional knowledge of ecological indicators, seasonal variations and associated activities, can provide a baseline for understanding the practices of indigenous along with climatic variation. This paper investigates the ethno-ecological knowledge of indigenous people in Taxkorgan regarding the use of ecological cues to conduct seasonal activities that harmonize with climatic variations. Meteorological data from the nearest station was used to understand climatic variations and develop indices. The results revealed that indigenous elders still adopt traditional methods to decide the time of various annual activities observing and using seasonal cues, such as the height and color of grass, the arriving of migratory birds and phenological observations. Moreover, same or diverse indicators were used at settlements located in different elevations. The analysis revealed that the region was recently getting warmer and wetter compared to previous decades, and local perceptions were matched with climatic recordings. Local inhabitants already practiced earlier plantation of crops (e.g., wheat) in recent years. Climatic indices calculated revealed and validated recent weather condition can support earlier plantation of crops. Hence, the strong forecasting system using meteorological evidence to support existing local knowledge on ecological indicators and adjust seasonal calendars can improve indigenous people's abilities to cope with climate risks. Furthermore, this can support in developing adaptation schemes that respond to community needs. The approaches and findings can be used to facilitate the management of these natural resource based on the adaptive framework and to create data that can be tested in subsequent studies.
Keywordclimate change indigenous people seasonal variation traditional ecological knowledge farming-decision transhumance-decision Taxkorgan
DOI10.3390/su11123243
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGreen & Sustainable Science & Technology ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000473753700013
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/67825
Collection资源植物与生物技术所级重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorXu, Jianchu
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, CMF, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.World Agroforestry Ctr ICRAF, East & Cent Asia Reg Off, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, CAS Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Grp Plant Mol Genet & Adaptat, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
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Yang, Huizhao,Ranjitkar, Sailesh,Zhai, Deli,et al. Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Seasonal Calendars in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study from China[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2019,11(12):22.
APA Yang, Huizhao.,Ranjitkar, Sailesh.,Zhai, Deli.,Zhong, Micai.,Goldberg, Stefanie Daniela.,...&Xu, Jianchu.(2019).Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Seasonal Calendars in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study from China.SUSTAINABILITY,11(12),22.
MLA Yang, Huizhao,et al."Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Seasonal Calendars in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study from China".SUSTAINABILITY 11.12(2019):22.
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