The 14th ISE Congress was held in June 2014 in Bumthang, Bhutan

ISE Congress 2014 BhutanThe Congress theme was Regenerating biocultural ecosystem resilience and traditional knowledge

Sub-themes included: Living Well: Environment, Sacred Heritage and Livelihood; Protected Areas, Ecotourism and Community Involvement; Intergenerational Learning/Transmission of Knowledge; Ethnobiology and Ecosystem Services – Broadening the Conversation; Influencing Governance Policies (community-based natural resource management, gender, participation, citizen science…); Ethnobiology in Mountain Communities; and Mindfulness, Ethics and Mental Ecology.

Reports and photos coming soon! In the meantime, please refer to the Congress website for more information or contact the Organizers at: [email protected]

The 13th ISE Congress was held in May 2012 in Montpellier, France

The Congress theme was Cultural diversity and biological diversity for sustainable development: Exploring the past to build up the future. 

Sub-themes included: Local products in changing rural/urban relationships; Agrodiversity: from domestication to contemporary practices in the global context; Land use legacies: excavating fossil knowledge and analyzing contemporary practices; Co-learning processes in ethnobiological research: how to build constructive interactions between research and local actors; and Sustainable development: Local knowledge in relation to environmental norms and policies.

The 13th ISE Congress resulted in a Montpellier Statement, which the Mayor of  Montpellier France is bringing to Rio+20 on behalf of the ISE.  Read the Montpellier Statement in English or French.

Reports and photos coming soon! In the meantime, please refer to the Congress website for more information or contact the Organizers at: [email protected]

The 12th ISE Congress was held in May 2010 in Tofino, BC, Canada

The overarching theme of this Congress was Hishuk-ish tsa’walk, a Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations phrase that embodies the concept of “everything is one,” the understanding that everything is connected and nothing is isolated from other aspects of life surrounding it and within it.

The sub-themes – Conserved and protected areas and people, Cultural transmission of knowledge in protecting and restoring biocultural diversity, and Traditional foods and food sovereignty – were selected for their global significance as well as their importance for local community members and the Indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

Reports and photos are available on the Tofino Congress website.

Past Congresses and Chairpersons

14th Congress 2014 Bumthang, Bhutan Chair: Sangay Wangchuk
13th Congress 2012 Montpellier, France Chair: Edmond Dounias
12th Congress 2010 Tofino, BC, Canada Chair: Josie Osborne
11th Congress 2008 Cusco, Peru Chair: Alejandro Argumedo
10th Congress 2006 Chiang Rai, Thailand Chair: Chayan Picheansoonthon
9th Congress 2004 Canterbury, Kent, UK Chair: Roy Ellen
8th Congress 2002 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Chair: Fassil Kebebew
7th Congress 2000 Athens, USA Chair: Elois Ann Berlin
6th Congress 1998 Whakatane, Aotearoa/New Zealand Chair: Aroha Mead
5th Congress 1996 Nairobi, Kenya Chair: Christine Kabuye
4th Congress 1994 Lucknow, India Chair: Sudhanshu Kumar Jain
3rd Congress 1992 Mexico City, Mexico Chair: Javier Caballero
2nd Congress 1990 Kunming, China Chair: Pei Shengji
1st Congress 1988 Belem, Brazil Chair: Darrell Posey