TEK Compendiums for Eurasia and North America are in development.
In order to better include traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into the ABA, two TEK coordinators were appointed who's roles were to gather TEK and to work with lead authors to facilitate inclusion of TEK in the ABA. The knowledge collected during this process is also being compiled into a compendium that aims to document and portray traditional knowledge, observations and viewpoints from indigenous communities. It is hoped this report will assist resource managers, scientists and other decision-makers and stakeholders to better understand indigenous world views, and begin a much needed dialogue on integrating systems of knowledge in Arctic biodiversity conservation.
The TEK compendium is an oral history-driven document, as opposed to a methodological guide or literature review. The use of these oral histories is the best method to address and respect indigenous practices on this topic and offer insights into unifying themes across scales and regions.
Dr. Tero Mustonen, a passionate defender of traditional worldview and cosmology of his people, is a Finn and the head of village of Selkie in North Karelia, Finland. He is the traditional knowledge coordinator for Eurasia for the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. Professionally, he works for the award-winning Snowchange Cooperative, which is a non-profit organization based in Finland with members across the Arctic, including the communities of Eastern Sámi, Chukchi, Yukaghir, Sakha, Evenk, Even, Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwitchin and many more. Mustonen is well-known scholar of Arctic biodiversity, climate change and indigenous issues, having published over a dozen publications on the topics, including the ground-breaking Eastern Sámi Atlas and Snowscapes, Dreamscapes. He lives in the middle of the last old-growth forest in Selkie with his wife, Kaisu, two goats and 10 chickens, without running water. He is a winter seiner. Mustonen has won several human rights and environmental awards for the work with Snowchange and indigenous peoples of the Arctic. He is also an adopted full status member of the Kwakwakwala First Nation based in British Columbia, Canada.