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“Matenek Lokal, Timor Nian!” (Traditional Knowledge of Timor!): a proceeding of the national workshop on promoting Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Timor Leste

The book is the result of the national workshop “promoting SIDS and LINKS programmes in Timor Leste” held in Dili, Timor Leste, on 7-8 June 2011. The workshop was organized by the Haburas Foundation, Timor Leste National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta. For the first time in Timor Leste, a publication, written in local language (Tetum), related to traditional ecological knowledge on various developmental aspects is published.

“Matenek Lokal, Timor Nian!” (Traditional Knowledge of Timor!): a proceeding of the national workshop on promoting Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Timor Leste

The book explains that the environmental knowledge of local and indigenous peoples is an essential building-block of sustainable development and the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, all of which can be used to build their resilience to face global changes. The nine (9) papers in the book explore the various aspects of local and traditional knowledge and its relation to nature conservation, land management and natural resource management, and industry. A section was also prepared to describe the UNESCO’s programme of Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Furthermore, the book also consists of a set of recommendations for promoting local and indigenous knowledge and how to integrate it into developmental policies, which was discussed and agreed during the workshop.

The book can be used by governments, NGOs, scholars and community leaders to understand the various aspects of traditional ecological knowledge and see how it could be integrated in environmental conservation and sustainable development in Timor Leste. The book is entirely in Tetum language. The book will be launched at a seminar titled "Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Diversity in Timor Leste" to be held in Dili on 10 May 2012.

Download the book
- Tetum language, click here
- English translation, click here
- Summary of the unofficial English translation, click here

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of the book, please contact l.hiwasaki@unesco.org

  • Publication Date: 25-01-2012
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