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Many World Bank staff contributed to the success of the Traditional Knowledge and Sustainable Development Conference. While some were instrumental in formulating its goals and content, others provided useful suggestions and feedback on identifying speakers, arranging outreach, and collecting pertinent materials. Still others graciously agreed to moderate panels and share their insights on the issues discussed. We would like to thank the following people for their invaluable support: Emmanuel Asibey, Bhuvan Bhatnagar, Leandro Coronel, Timothy Cullen, Gloria Davis, Mamadou Dia. Paula Donnelly-Roark, Mary Dyson, Mohamed El-Ashry, Ashraf Ghani, Rebecca Jaimes, Maritta Koch-Weser, Pierre Landell-Mills, Antonia Macedo, Kris Martin, Ralph Osterwoldt, Mario Ramos, Lars Soeftestad, Bachir Souhlal, Andrew Steer, and Aubrey Williams.

Travel support was generously provided by the Global Environment Facility Administrator's Office; the Capacity Building and Implementation Division, Africa Technical Department, and External Affairs Department of the World Bank; Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ); International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Fletcher Challenge, Ltd.

Francis Dobbs video-recorded the conference, and Tomoko Hirata provided the graphics for publicity. Logistics were provided by Bill Grundy in the Bank/Fund Conference Office and Donna Clark in World Bank Conference Services. Janis B. Alcorn of the Biodiversity Support Program; Joseph Matowanyika of The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Regional Office for Southern Africa; and Jorge Uquillas, Environment Division, Technical Department, Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office, World Bank, reviewed and provided useful comments on a draft of the report.

Finally, no conference can be successful without administrative support, and for their excellent work we thank Myrtle Diachok, Denise George, and Nona Sachdeva.

Cristy Tumale typed the manuscript, and Heather Imboden was responsible for layout and page composition. Alicia Hetzner edited the document and managed production; Virginia Hitchcock did the final production edit. Tomoko Hirata designed the cover.

Indigenous people and their communities represent a significant percentage of the global population. They have developed over many generations a holistic traditional scientific knowledge of their lands, natural resources and environment. Indigenous people and their communities shall enjoy the full measure of human rights and fundamental freedoms without hindrance or discrimination. Their ability to participate fully in sustainable development practices on their lands has tended to be limited as a result of factors of an economic, social and historical nature. In view of the inter-relationship between the natural environment and its sustainable development and the cultural, social, economic and physical well being of indigenous people, national and international efforts to implement environmentally sound and sustainable development should recognize, accommodate, promote and strengthen the role of indigenous people and their communities.

Agenda 21, Chapter 26
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
Rio de Janeiro 1992