One of the promising areas of work of Terralingua is the development of an index of vitality of traditional ecological knowledge. Especially since the CBD came into force almost two decades ago, the value of traditional ecological knowledge has been increasingly acknowledged; but there is also global awareness that it is rapidly disappearing. Yet no systematic approaches have been developed to measure and assess the processes of change in the vitality and functionality of traditional ecological knowledge. Unless this gap is filled, there is no solid way of tackling the problem of its erosion and loss. Terralingua’s contribution in this field is critical to many programmes that focus on or integrate traditional ecological knowledge as part of conservation and sustainable livelihood approaches.

Gonzalo Oviedo
Senior Advisor, Social Policy
IUCN – International Union for Conservation of  Nature

The VITEK … should be consistently and widely applicable as a measure of cultural continuity. Cultural continuity is by implication essential for the conservation of cultural diversity.

Eugene Hunn
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
University of Washington at Seattle

Without a doubt, this information will be useful for researchers and communities in efforts to preserve TEK where it is quickly eroding, or reviving it where it has dwindled.

Rebecca Zarger
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of South Florida

This is a great new method. The argument for moving the focus of TEK studies out of academia and into the hands of people who will make a difference is really critical and comes across quite clearly here.

Will McClatchey
Vice President and Director of Research
Botanical Research Institute of Texas