Community knowledge

The wisdom of experience

A thorough analysis of existing information and knowledge is an important step in the development of any research project. In most communities, people have developed enormous volumes of knowledge over the centuries by directly interacting with the environment. Therefore integration of human capital from existing community knowledge sources can complement scientific research programmes, advance knowledge gains and ensure appropriate research and application of new knowledge.

"Any observant local knows more than any visiting scientist. Always. No exceptions." - Roger Payne, Among Whales.