Ecological knowledge is often lost in wealthier communities and countries, according to a study published by the University of Essex in 2007.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge, or TEK, is lost when traditional communities become less reliant on local resources and begin adopting modern lifestyles, rendering TEK irrelevant.
This loss of knowledge is important, because it can be used to understand the effects of economic development on a community’s natural resources, and the future of the biodiversity of the area.
The correlation adds another dimension to the complexity of preserving the resources of developing countries while enabling economic growth and development. Awareness of this fact can help the preservation of forests and oceans before it is too late.