Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) is a non-governmental non-profitable development organization. A group of development practitioners, researchers and social workers established BARCIK in 1997. BARCIK has been working in the fields of environment, biodiversity conservation and development with utmost commitment and purpose since its inception.
BARCIK was registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau under the Prime Minister's Office, Government of Bangladesh, to operate foreign funds. However, the organization is involved in exploring and incorporating indigenous knowledge and local practices into contemporary development program. Throughout these years, BARCIK has been promoting and presenting the significance of local and indigenous knowledge in development initiatives as well as in the empowerment process of local and indigenous communities through sustainable application of IK/LK.
BARCIK also facilitates independent research efforts with the participation of natural resource users which outputs are published, disseminated and shared with like-minded organizations and institutions. BARCIK’s mission, vision, goal and objectives are as follow-
Improve quality of life of farmers, fishers, weavers, indigenous peoples and socially marginalized communities through improved access and control over biodiversity, traditional knowledge and natural resources and active participation in processes that affect their livelihood and lives.
Empower farmers, fishers, weavers, indigenous peoples and social marginalized communities who have access & control over biodiversity, natural resource and associated local/indigenous knowledge and who manage these resources for sustainable livelihood and actively participate in societal decision making processes affecting their livelihood and their lives.