International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE)

Research Cooperative
19/04/18 08:54:17PM

International Society of Ethnobiology (2006). International Society of Ethnobiology Code of Ethics (with 2008 additions) .

The following precis is adapted from the above source.

The ISE Code of Ethics provides a framework for ethnobiological research and related activities. It was developed over the course of more than a decade through a series of consensus-based fora and discussions involving ISE members.

Practical issues covered by the code include:

Understanding local community institutions, authority and protocols
Establishing educated prior informed consent
Full disclosure and mechanisms to ensure mutual understanding
Communication, consultation, approval and permission
Good faith commitment and respect for cultural norms and dignity
Standards for mutually-agreed terms and conditions
Clarity and agreement of objectives, conditions and mutually-agreed terms
Compliance with moratoriums
Educational uses of research materials
Treatment of existing project materials
Ecosystem harms
Considerations in collaborative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research.

Comment (PJM) 

Overlapping with many areas of this code is a concern with how research is communicated, and how sources of information are acknowledged. For scientists not familiar with working with communities, an analogy can be made with our expectations for the treatment of sources of ideas and information from within the scientific community... which may include personal communications, unpublished documents, as well as formally published and easily cited texts. If we consider the expectations we have of each other, within the scientific community, then it becomes easier to see why we need to give equal care - or more care - to how we access and use sources outside our own community.