Future prospects for the management of water resources in Russia using indigenous technical knowledge
Indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) as a part of a holistic body of knowledge accumulated by aborigines has attracted increased attention in recent years. This type of knowledge represents context-specific intellectual resources and includes skills and technologies, which are underestimated in the light of the modern scientific and technological (S&T) knowledge and underutilized by decision-makers. Numerous studies conducted in this area approved a high degree of accessibility, affordability and adoptability of ITK as well as its ability to improve the local sustainable production and quality of life. However, water resource management was only mentioned in few of the studies and slightly examined by those scholars, whereas the global problem of insufficient supplies of fresh water is rapidly escalating. To address this issue and fill the knowledge gap, this chapter aims to investigate national and international ITK in the water management field and identify the ways of its capturing, preservation and dissemination in Russia.