Traditional Knowledge, Conservation and Community

Author

Hood S. Museum of Academic Heritage, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor

Language

English

Title

Traditional Knowledge, Conservation and Community

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)

Date

21st October - 22nd October 2008)

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

In an anthropological sense, knowledge of traditions exists for as long as a community enjoins and observes the following characteristics: first, a sense of its special identity within the context of time. Second, this sense of identity is derived from a social memory kept alive by living persons or in the form of 'a documented memory'. Thirdly, the identity is recognized as vital and critical to that community as a basis for its common hopes for a better quality of life. Fourthly, that identity is asserted as a legitimate reason and justification for the attachment of the community to the land and the conservation of its resources. Last but not least, all the above-mentioned may not adequately apply if other extraneous conditions bring about drastic and irrevocable cahange to the community and the environment on which it has largely depended. This paper argues that a healthy and sustainable attitude to the environment resides in first appreciating what traditional knowledge is about. Generally, traditional knowledge is seen to survive and thrive only through active and lively involvement of the community in sustaining and adapting to new challenges, local and global. the belief "to know and to understand is to conserve" is a good teaching guide and social principle to live by.

Keywords

Traditional knowledge; conservation; community; new challenges; local & global

Session

Plenary: Session 1

Topic

Think Global, Act Local: A New Paradigm In Malaysian Herbal Industry (Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim-UNISEL)