Indigenous and Local Knowledge
Local knowledge is important and valuable. As many traditional and indigenous cultures are being eroded, it is important that they are recorded and/or promoted within the communities, so the knowledge is not lost. This knowledge can be an important means of helping research into useful plants, and to understand plant properties and cultivation, and to help local communities to improve their well-being through the use plants.
Botanic gardens can help to record and maintain traditions and knowledge of plant use. They can also help use traditional knowledge to inform equitable conservation and research into useful plants. Education and outreach focused on indigenous and local knowledge can also help gardens to connect with their local communities, and to encourage the conservation of local knowledge and traditions related to plants.