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Carlos Julián Idrobo I’m a master in natural resources management candidate from the University of Manitoba. My interest is to contribute to the understanding of human-in-environment relationships. My academic training has been a journey of rethinking my bearings to understand the environment we live in. As undergrad I was trained in biology. In my honours’ research I studied bird movements between forest fragments in a Sub-Andean landscape. Though this experience was centred in understanding the effects of forest fragmentation in forest birds, it gave me a gist of people’s role in biodiversity conservation in the proximity of my hometown. After university, I worked with the United Nations Development Program, the Colombian Parks System, and a local environmental agency in a project devoted to territorial ordering and biodiversity conservation in the southern Colombian Andes. I worked with local initiatives of biodiversity conservation and their articulation with government policies. I worked my Master's under Prof. Fikret Berkes (University of Manitoba) and Aaron Fisk (University of Windsor) supervision, as part of the International Polar Year project: “Determining the Diet of the Greenland Shark in a Changing Arctic”, my thesis is about the Inuit knowledge on the Greenland shark. Dealing with an unusual topic, as it is an animal that is not only not used but also considered nuisance, has open a very special venue to understand the process in which information from the environment is gathered and structured to make sense for Pangnirtung Inuit hunters.

 

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is going to be held in Barcelona, October 5th to 10th, 2008.

For Inuit, songs are a form of oral tradition. They are passed on stories that embody people’s relationships with the landscape. Narrating about hunting journeys, the chores of butchering and flensing animals, as well as unusual events, singing embraces people experiences on the land. Music becomes a milieu that connects the proximal environment with individual and collective “memoryscape”.

The 11th International Congress of Ethnobiology will be held in Cusco (Peru) from June 25-30, 2008.