An Experience in Documenting Forest Related Traditional Knowledge of Orang Asli Communities Through Capacity Building Workshops


Intan Nurulhani B., Norshakila Y., Lim H.F., Nik Musaadah M., Zainon A.S., Chang Y.S. & Tan A.L. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, 52109 Kepong, Selangor Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




An Experience in Documenting Forest Related Traditional Knowledge of Orang Asli Communities Through Capacity Building Workshops


Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2010)


3rd August - 4th August (2010)

Place Held

Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM)


As a party to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), there is a need for Malaysia to implement its commitment to CBD’s objectives on conserving biological diversity, sustainable utilisation of natural resources, and fair and equitable benefit sharing deriving from the use of genetic resources. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (RMK9), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has allocated a special grant to Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) to establish a database on forest related traditional knowledge of the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia. This database focuses on the traditional knowledge on the utilisation of medicinal and aromatic plants of Orang Asli. As stipulated in Article 15 of CBD and its supportive document, Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of the benefits arising Out of their Utilization, we have to obtain Prior Informed Consent (PlC) from the selected local communities. A relevant PlC is obtained from participants in the capacity building workshop. This study two focused on two areas, namely, the Semelai community in Iskandar Regroupment Scheme in Pahang, and Jahai/Temiar community in Banun Regroupment Scheme in Perak. It is in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Traditional Knowledge of Semilai in Pos Iskandar, Tasik Bera, Pahang and Committee for Traditional Knowledge of RPS Banun in Gerik, Perak. The participants for the capacity building workshops in these two areas comprised various groups, i.e., youths, women, men and practitioners (bomoh, bidan and puyang). Having signed their PlC, they participated actively in documenting their own traditional knowledge. The workshops enabled the younger generations to learn from their knowledgeable elders. Both the elders and youths worked closely in documenting their traditional knowledge. The participants were very enthusiastic and showed much initiative in gathering specimens of and information on the plants used by their communities. These workshops had empowered the local communities to documentation their own traditional knowledge. The activities and the experience from the capacity building workshops are highlighted here.


Forest related traditional knowledge; Orang Ash; medicinal and aromatic plants; Semelai; Jahai/Temiar


Poster Abstracts: P50


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