Integrating Local Ecological Knowledge into population model forecasts

Integrating information derived from different knowledge systems into natural resource management decision-making can be challenging. As an example of how this can be done effectively, a recent paper in the journal Conservation Science and Practice outlines a unique process whereby Local Ecological Knowledge was combined with scientific knowledge in order to inform the management of a muskox herd in southern Greenland. A key component of this work was running the DG-Sim population model with local stakeholders, allowing them to review and modify model assumptions, explore alternative future harvest scenarios, and ultimately achieve consensus with government regarding future harvest levels for the herd.