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Oslo Science Conference 2010 News: Traditional Knowledge Should Complement Science. The indigenous people’s knowledge should be incorporated in science. This was the message conveyed by the Norwegian Professor Ole Henrik Magga yesterday, at the IPY-OSC. Professor Magga, former President of the Sámediggi (Sami parliament) and chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, pointed out that the two understandings, the scientific and the indigenous one, go hand in hand “Traditional knowledge is a partner to science,” he said.

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Oslo Science Conference 2010 News: Traditional Knowledge Should Complement Science

Published on Friday, 11th June, 2010 at 18:12 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

The indigenous people’s knowledge should be incorporated in science. This was the message conveyed by the Norwegian Professor Ole Henrik Magga yesterday, at the IPY-OSC.

Ole Henrik Magga
Ole Henrik Magga
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Professor Magga, former President of the Sámediggi (Sami parliament) and chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, pointed out that the two understandings, the scientific and the indigenous one, go hand in hand

“Traditional knowledge is a partner to science,” he said.

He also stressed on the importance of mending the existing rift between science and traditional knowledge.  

"The gap should not be insurmountable. After all, science is at its core nothing more than organized common sense. And the local people have first-hand knowledge of fish, animals, birds, the land, the snow conditions and so forth," said Professor Magga.

Subsequently, Jan Egeland, Director of (NUPI) the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and former diplomat, focused on the idea of knowledge exchange.

“Indigenous peoples know what kind of information they need to make the right decisions, but it is difficult for them to access the information. Scientists, on the other hand, have a lot of information, but do not know what the indigenous peoples need. So we need you to tell us,” said Egeland, proceeding to give relevant examples of when such practices became a matter of life and death.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute’s Anton Eliassen concluded the joint session by launching an intriguing idea about the role of indigenous people in furthering scientific knowledge.

"It is quite possible for local people to be part of the observation system and collect data," he said, stressing they had to be asked about the type of information they need first.



Published on Friday, 11th June, 2010 at 18:12 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: ole, henrik, maga, sami, oslo, science, conference, polar, research, icebergs, sea, ice, sheet, norwegian.





  
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