The traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples has proven over and over again to be a valuable source of input to modern science. In a recent 1800 page report by the UN, it was acknowledged that the Indigenous Peoples of the world contribute greatly to protecting our environment. Here is an excerpt from the statement of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, pertaining to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report.
"The scientists laud us for using our 'knowledge, practices and technology' to maintain and enhance wild and domesticated biodiversity and landscapes. They cite our forest gardens where we nurture wild relatives of important crops, some of them the source of genes that can protect corn, potatoes, wheat and rice against deadly plant pathogens. They recognize the work of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in protecting biodiversity in the forests of Brazil and Indonesia, the potato fields of Peru, the sheep pastures of Kyrgyzstan, the hay meadows of Central Europe and the landscapes of Australia and Alaska."