For the first time in Timor Leste, a wide range of stakeholders gathered together to share information on and to discuss traditional ecological knowledge from various perspectives: land management, nature conservation, cultural practices and natural resource management.
Opened by Ms. Kirsty Sword-Gusmao, the Chairperson of Timor Leste National Commission for UNESCO and Mr. Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho, the Director of Haburas Foundation, the workshop was attended by approximately 50 participants representing government officials, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, educational institutions, experts, and community leaders.
The workshop programme included 13 (thirteen) presentations. The discussions that followed the presentations addressed on the following issues:
Recommendations and action plans will be prepared by Haburas Foundation, in close consultation with UNESCO Office Jakarta. For UNESCO Jakarta, this workshop is an important first step in its efforts to strengthen and revitalize traditional ecological knowledge in Timor Leste and at the same time to develop a strategy and an action plan for implementing activities under UNESCO’s intersectoral programmes on Small Island Development States (SIDS) and Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) for the biennia 2010-2011 and 2012-2013.
Following the workshop, the Haburas Foundation will prepare papers for a book publication resulting from papers presented. The book will be a joint publication between Haburas Foundation, Timor Leste National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO Office Jakarta. This publication will be written in Tetum and is expected to be available for dissemination by the end of year 2011.
For more information on UNESCO Jakarta’s activities on LINKS and SIDS, please click here.