This book discusses the vital importance of including indigenous knowledges in the sustainable development agenda. In the wake of colonialism and imperialism, dialogue between indigenous knowledges and Western epistemology has broken down time and again. However, in recent decades the broader indigenous struggle for rights and recognition has led to a better understanding of indigenous knowledges, and in 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined the importance of indigenous engagement in contributing to the implementation of the agenda.

Drawing on experiences and field work from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, Indigenous Knowledges and the Sustainable Development Agenda brings together authors who explore social, educational, institutional and ecological sustainability in relation to indigenous knowledges. In doing so, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of the concept of "sustainability", at both national and international levels, from a range of diverse perspectives.

As the decolonizing debate gathers pace within mainstream academic discourse, this book offers an important contribution to scholars across development studies, environmental studies, education, and political ecology.

chapter |11 pages


ByAnders Breidlid, Roy Krøvel

chapter 1|21 pages

Beyond the Western paradigm

Indigenization of education systems, the Sustainable Development Goals and state building in sub-Saharan Africa
ByAnders Breidlid

chapter 2|18 pages

Indigenous knowledges, education and media in Australia

ByLisa Waller

chapter 3|22 pages

Forest rights act, local collectivisation and transformation in Korchi 1

ByNeema Pathak Broome, Shrishtee Bajpai, Mukesh Shende

chapter 4|19 pages

Food system transition in India

A political ecology analysis

chapter 5|17 pages

The political ecology of the Tabasará river basin

ByGinés A. Sánchez Arias

chapter 6|19 pages

Indigenous ecological knowledge in the Colombian Amazon – challenges and prospects for a more sustainable use of local forest fauna

ByTorsten Krause, Maria Paula Quiceno Mesa, Uldarico Matapí Yucuna

chapter 8|17 pages

Indigenous good sense on climate change

ByAndreas Ytterstad

chapter 9|18 pages

Indigenous knowledges and academic understandings of pastoral mobility

ByHanne Kirstine Adriansen

chapter 10|22 pages

Struggling with ‘clear zoning’

Dilemmas of carnivore-pastoral coexistence in Nordland, northern Norway
ByCamilla Risvoll, Randi Kaarhus

chapter 11|20 pages

Through our stories we resist

Decolonial perspectives on south Saami history, indigeneity and rights
ByEva Maria Fjellheim