Treasure Hunt: Finding, Gathering and Rediscovering Lost Knowledge
Treasure Hunt: Finding, Gathering and Rediscovering Lost Knowledge
People in various places in Indonesia have local knowledge in managing biodiversity derived hereditary by work of mouth. This tradition is translated in the form of recommendations, rules, restrictions, up to the mythology that is often referred to as local wisdom. Its content covers a wide range of understanding of the people will be the signs of nature, the seasons and time in cultivation, how to farm, large trees conservation, wildlife protection and miniscule, and others.

Local knowledge is essential to ensure the security, safety, and sustainability, as well as self-reliance community. Furthermore, indirectly contribute to community resiliency in facing uncertainty and climate change.
Unfortunately, occurs a process of massive dismissal of these local knowledges in a lot of places.

There are many aspects that causing them, from government policies that do not favor the local wisdoms, accessibility that led to easy entry of many commodity items that vandal the environments (pesticides, chemical fertilizers, synthetic dyes, plastic waste, etc.), the economic demands, land’s function diversion (opening up forest areas), the movement of industrialization and modernity, to the consequences of an era change that is considered relevant by the community itself.

The desertion of these local knowledge also occurred in the work region of the GEF SGP OP6 which covers the Nusa Penida Island, Semau Island, Gorontalo and Wakatobi. For example, the people of Nusa Penida island start to forget acknowledging the existence of gembal corn or gembal bleleng corn (Shorgum sp.) after the Indonesian Government encourage the consumption of rice, nationwide. While in fact, bleleng corn is lifesaver commodity in certain difficult time, i.e. bad weathers and high wave’s occurrence that caused food supplies from the island of Bali is hampered.

The same thing also occurred in Semau Island. The hybrid corn seed’s invasion caused the decrease consumption and planting maize or sweet corn, drastically. The community has not just lost the commodity of local corn, but furthermore, they lost the knowledge of techniques in preserving maize, such as using the burnt ashes of mahogany wood, and along with that, they also lost the artistry tradition that follows the process of preservation.

Similar circumstances happen in Wakatobi. In the past, people were mindful and comply with the prohibition of forest logging near by the springs. Now a days, the prohibition has been ignored and as a result many springs become brackish and tasted salty due to the intrusion of sea water.

There are many problems arise due to the loss of community’s local knowledge. The negligence of traditional land management techniques lead to land infertility, the use of chemical pesticides is causing new species of pests growing malignant and uncontrollable, plant diseases spread quickly, and the people have to depend on commodities from outside. This led to the deterioration of community resiliency, increasing in poverty, and the most severely threatened is the safety of the community.

Observing the above situations, there is a need and effort to gather and re-disseminate local knowledge which related to biodiversity management that exist in the four work areas of the GEF SGP OP 6. These efforts are aligned with the Mission of the GEF SGP to save biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change. Hence, we are proposing this proposal entitled “The Treasure Hunt: Searching, Collecting and Reinventing the Lost Knowledges”.

 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
KAPAS UNGU
Country:
Indonesia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 41,713.49
Project Number:
INS/SGP/OP6/Y4/STAR/BD/18/011
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Ms Nining Palupi
Phone: +62 813 3797 3413
 

Address

Jl. Tukad Pakerisan Gg XIIB no: 1A, Panjer, Denpasar Bali 80225
Denpasar , 80225

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Catharina Dwihastarini
Phone:
(62-21) 720-6125/722-0905
Fax:
(62-21) 722-0905
Email:
Mr. Hery Budiarto
Phone:
(62-21) 720-6125/722-0905
Fax:
(62-21) 722-0905
Email:
Ms. Meinar Sapto Wulan
Phone:
(62-21) 720-6125/722-0905
Fax:
(62-21) 722-0905
Email:

Address

JL. Bacang II No.8, Kramat Pela Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan, 12130

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