The Ethnographic Institute provides technical, socio-economic assistance, and natural resource management services for indigenous maritime peoples and traditional Ďartisanalí fishing societies inhabiting tropical coasts around the world.
EI is committed to helping communities define and secure rights to group territories on land and sea, and to document, manage, and preserve sacred and culturally significant sites, landscapes, and economic resources held under customary land and sea tenure, or as common property..
∑by helping to understand and preserve local knowledge, technologies and management practices that can contribute to sustainable fisheries
∑by helping communities contend with destructive coastal zone development, and conditions leading to over-fishing, resource and social conflicts
∑by helping communities, NGOs, and resource management agencies work together to find ways to integrate scientific and cultural knowledge in managing local marine environments
∑by seeking to empower local communities in all spheres of science-based, coastal-marinefisheries and protected area management
[ (l)see Cordell / Ethnographic Institute's (2001) report on this theme for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation]
Keeping valuable Ďartisanal' production and local seafood traditions alive and sustainable is a top priority in the EIís scope of work!