Testing focus groups as a tool for connecting indigenous and local knowledge on abundance of natural resources with science-based land management systems
This article seeks to address the challenge of how to use and quality-assure information on natural resources derived from different knowledge systems. This is one of the stated intentions of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The article looks at this by testing an approach that uses community-level focus group discussions to document and validate indigenous and local knowledge from Nicaragua, in comparison with scientific knowledge gathered from line transects conducted by trained scientists and community members. It suggests that this low-cost approach could increase the information available for measuring status and trends in natural resources, while at the same time helping empower indigenous and local communities.