The role of traditional knowledge policies in Egypt: The case of Wadi Allaqi

Haana K. Kandal*, Jac. A. A. Swart, Hoda A Yacoub, Menno P. Gerkema

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    Globally, traditional knowledge is at stake, notwithstanding intentions recorded in international policy conventions. Egypt has accepted and ratifed several conventions on implementation of traditional knowledge in the felds of environment and sustainable development; yet this implementation is hampered by a lack of concrete plans. Focusing on the Bedouin community in the Southern Egypt protectorate of Wadi Allaqi, this paper investigates whether traditional knowledge plays a role in Egyptian policy, as refected in policy documents and by interviews with regional stakeholders. We found that local actors
    of Wadi Allaqi protectorate-involved institutions appreciate the importance of traditional knowledge especially in environmental afairs. It can be concluded that a strengthened position of traditional knowledge in regulation and law should be supplemented by social measures and actions to overcome bureaucratic, geographical, and communicative barriers.
    Derived recommendations imply that the perspective of the Bedouin community should be taken into account.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1711–1719
    JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
    Early online date4-Feb-2021
    Publication statusPublished - 4-Mar-2021


    • Traditional knowledge
    • Policy
    • Wadi Allaqi
    • Egypt
    • Bedouin stakeholders

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