Saturday, January 15, 2011

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Traditional Knowledge Bulletin

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Meeting prep: Expert Group meeting on indigenous peoples and forests

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:39 AM PST

International Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Peoples and Forests
12-14 January 2011 (UN Headquarters, New York)

This meeting will be attended by international indigenous experts whose findings will be submitted to the tenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2011. Representatives from member states, UN agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples' organizations can attend as observers. The meeting is intended to: promote an opportunity to exchange information on issues regarding indigenous peoples and forests; draw attention to the impact of large-scale development, conservation projects and climate change mitigation measures in forests on indigenous peoples' livelihoods, communities, cultural practices and resource management systems; highlight good practices models of forest management and agreement making that address indigenous peoples' rights; and identify gaps and challenges and possible ways forward. Its overall objectives are to: analyze enshrined rights within international standards and policies and how they protect indigenous peoples' rights to forests; analyze opportunities for partnerships for indigenous peoples on forest issues; propose strategies to advance indigenous peoples rights' in forests including capacity-building measures and activities; and elaborate recommendations on strategies to strengthen indigenous peoples' rights, livelihoods, communities, cultural practices and resource management systems in forests. Discussions are expected to focus on the following themes: concepts and practices of indigenous peoples and forests; case studies on the positive and negative effects of forest development on indigenous peoples and their communities, including on TK in forest management; factors that enable or obstruct indigenous peoples' participation in development processes; and human right and corporate responsibility in development programmes and projects. Visit the meeting webpage …

Resource: CAPRi sourcebook on property rights and collective action

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:36 AM PST

Resources, Rights and Cooperation: A Sourcebook on Property Rights and Collective Action for Sustainable Development
CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi), International Food Policy Research Institute, 2010

The objective of this book is to build capacity of research and development organizations to recognize the importance and relevance of CAPRi concepts and to apply the lessons and methods from CAPRi research to their work with communities, policymakers, and other stakeholders. It includes chapters on: fundamentals of collective action and property right; rights to resources and collective action for agriculture; property rights and collective action for natural resource management; changing market relations; the role of collective action and property rights in mitigating risk; decentralization; gender, collective action and property rights; and strengthening property rights and collective action. The sourcebook is based directly on the experiences and lessons of research on CAPRi core themes from around the world. Several sections of relevance to TK address: traditional resource management, customary structures and arrangements, traditional knowledge related to genetic resources, collective action as a means to facilitate the maintenance of traditional knowledge, traditional practices of animal husbandry and pastoral cooperatives, among others. Download the sourcebook [pdf] …

Resource: BBC documentary on traditional food cultures

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:34 AM PST

Terra Madre
Sheila Dillon, BBC World Service, 7 January 2011

This radio documentary reports on Terra Madre, a biennial gathering of food communities, farmers, fishermen and cooks, organized by the Slow Food movement. It includes interviews with participants, including Sami, native American and African indigenous representatives, as well as information on traditional models of sustainable food production, and the threats that these traditional cultures are facing because of disputes over land rights, prejudice and climate change. Listen to the documentary …

This week in review … Article looks at the inter-relation between intellectual property and traditional cultural expressions

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:32 AM PST

IP & Traditional Cultural Expressions: An Unnatural Alliance?
IP Watch, 5 January 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Incorporating traditional cultural expressions into an intellectual property system will be an uphill battle, warned a panellist at a recent side event at the World Intellectual Property Organization. But, argued another, it could be one of the best ways for indigenous communities to benefit from their knowledge. "Intellectual property is not an indigenous concept," said anthropologist Jeremy Narby. In 25 years, he added, "I never met a single indigenous person who claimed to be the owner of an idea or a story or any of these things." Narby was speaking at an 8 December side event to the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). The event was organised by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF), the International Video Federation (IVF), the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the International Publishers Association (IPA). Read the article …

Resource: Book on indigenous language revitalization

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:30 AM PST

Indigenous Language Revitalization: Encouragement, Guidance & Lessons Learned
Jon Reyhner and Louise Lockard (eds)
Northern Arizona University (2009) | ISBN 0-9670554-4-X

This book includes speeches and papers presented at the 2007 and 2008 Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposiums. It includes chapters on: language in an immersion school, a University and a home; linguists and language activists working together; Maori, Hawaiian and Alaskan revitalization efforts; technology and revitalization; and assessing revitalization efforts. Further information … Download the book [pdf] …

This week in review … Ecuadorian craftsmen preserve traditional weaving style

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:28 AM PST

Keeping Age-old Weaving Technique Alive
IPS, 6 January 2011

CUENCA, ECUADOR: Jiménez and Ulloa, their four children and four employees are dedicated to "one of the most complicated approaches to dyeing found anywhere in the world," in the words of the Smithsonian Centre for Education and Museum Studies. "Ikat," a complex traditional style of weaving involves tie-dyeing of yarn to create intricate designs. In ikat, a Malay-Indonesian term, some sections of the yarn are knotted and covered prior to dyeing. This tie-dye technique, one of the oldest forms of textile design, is common to many cultures around the world, including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico in Latin America. Read the article …

This week in review … Indian ethno-veterinary center preserves traditional knowledge

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:26 AM PST

Reviving traditional methods to protect farm livestock
The Hindu, 6 January 2011

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Dr. N. Punniamurthy, professor and head of the Ethno-Veterinary Herbal Training and Research Unit, Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Thanjavur, India, aims to popularize the ethno-veterinary system among small farmers, so that it becomes a part of primary health care. "In fact, by popularizing it we will only be reviving our culture and system of traditional medicine. Knowledge about local plants and spices available to treat the animals will help the farmer attend to the animal or bird at the earliest. And in most cases it will also help save him money," says Dr. Punniamurthy. At present he is engaged in the process of documenting existing medicine, medical practices, and evolving ones based on herbs and locally available materials. Read the article …

This week in review … Indonesian researcher highlights ethnobotanical values for sustainable development

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 07:25 AM PST

Knowledge of local plants offers numerous benefits
The Jakarta Post, 4 January 2011

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Indonesia needs to learn from the traditional agricultural practices of local ethnic groups if the nation wants to preserve its biodiversity and improve its agriculture, Yohanes Purwanto said upon his appointment as a research professor at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences. The value of biodiversity, which is severely threatened by illegal logging and deforestation, is still little understood by Indonesians, he said. Instead of preserving local cultivars, the Indonesian government had issued and maintained various policies allowing the unchecked exploitation of forests through concessions. In the agricultural sector, the implementation of monoculture systems had marginalized traditional farmers, he said. "These two policies have negatively affected the sustainability of biodiversity and even paralyzed traditional cultures and systems developed with local wisdom." Yohanes said his research showed local communities used their traditional knowledge to protect forests and had been able to conserve precious local cultivars through generations, and cited examples from the Dani community from the Baliem Valley in Papua and the Dayak Kenyah community in East Kalimantan. Read the article …


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