Local and indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For rural and Indigenous Peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day-to-day life.
"In the course of our long-standing association with the Land Portal we have been impressed by the competency and breadth of knowledge of Land Portal staff. We were invited to facilitate an online discussion on what we can do to achieve sustainable pro-poor land reform in South Africa. In the process we learnt important skills for the moderation of online discussions and the importance of thorough preparation to ensure a quality outcome. This resulted in a particularly rich discussion on the rationale for land taxes and strengthened land administration. Some of the ideas discussed here and the interchange between discussants later influenced contributions to consultative sessions organised by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Agriculture and Land Reform on the need to re-purpose land administration."