The Sentimiel Initiative: Linking traditional ecological knowledge on honey harvesting and beekeeping in a changing world

Contributed by Edmond Dounias UMR5175 Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, France   Funded by the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité, FRB), Sentimiel — a play of word with ‘sentinel’, ‘miel’ being the French term for ‘honey’ — is a citizen science operation with the twin aims of… Read more »

Ethnobiological studies about triatomines (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), vectors of Chagas disease in Bahia State, northeastern Brazil

Submitted by Eraldo Medeiros Costa Neto* and Rodrigo Gurgel Gonçalves1 The American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, is an endemic zoonosis in the Americas and its etiologic agent is the haemoflagellate parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted by feces of blood-sucking insects of the subfamily Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae). The total prevalence of Chagas disease was reduced… Read more »

Of Humans and Elephants

Contributed by Kierin Mackenzie and Dr. Piers Locke Humans and elephants co-evolved in Africa from earlier species. Humans have always lived alongside these amazing beings, and we share much in common with them. Both elephant and human young take a long time to mature. Both share complex social networks. Both communicate in a myriad of… Read more »

Using Bio-Cultural Protocols to Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) at the Local Level for Sustainable Development

Contributed by Krystyna Swiderska, Co-Director of the ISE Global Coalition The Global Coalition, in conjunction with the Ethics Committee, works closely with other non-profit organizations and academic and professional societies on policy and advocacy, including implementation and adoption of the ISE Code of Ethics. During the 2012 ISE Congress, a full-day workshop in the ISE… Read more »