• XVI Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology

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The XVI Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology, in conjunction with the XII Brazilian Symposium on Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology, will be held from 7 to 10 August 2018 in Belém do Pará. The MFS Herbarium of the State University of Pará is a partner in the congress organization, thus consolidating the value of its research in ethnobotany and its biocultural/ethnobotanical collection.

The first International Congress of Ethnobiology was held in Belém in 1988 and culminated in the Declaration of Belém, a pioneering document that highlighted the connection between traditional peoples and biodiversity, claiming their rights over territories, natural resources and ancestral knowledge.

This year the event has as its central theme “Belém +30. The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Populations and the Conservation of Biodiversity three decades after the Declaration of Belém.” The objective of this congress is to reflect on the Declaration of Belém and the field of Ethnobiology over the last thirty years, focusing on scientific, ethical, legal and political advances and challenges related to indigenous peoples and traditional populations and the sustainable use of biodiversity.

For more information on registration and submissions click on the following link: https://www.ise2018belem.com/englishversion

The International Society of Ethnobiology’s announces the 5th Pre-Congress Workshop for Emerging Ethnobiologists, on the theme “Ethnobiology in the 21st Century: reflecting on the Declaration of Belém 30 years on.” The workshop is expected to take place on the 2nd-5th August, 2018.

The workshop aims to bring together a range of critical perspectives on ethical practice and epistemic justice in ethnobiology, and to dissect and discuss the relevance and limitations of the Declaration of Belém and the ISE Code of Ethics in light of contemporary issues in ethnobiology. Confirmed indigenous and academic mentors will attend from Canada, United-States, Taiwan, New Zealand, Brazil, and French Guiana. For more details on the workshop themes and goals, please see this description. ISE is anticipating releasing a Call for Applications in April 2018.