The Reviving of Traditional Knowledge to Strength Biodiversity Conservation in Timor-Leste. Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho TLs MAB Focal Point and Adviser to Sec Estate for Environment. Local Knowledge is part of Social Capital for Sustainable Development.
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Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho
TLs MAB Focal Point and Adviser to Sec Estate for Environment
As emerging nation, Timor-Leste is still lacking of legislation and regulation for conservation. It true that Timor-Leste produce few legislation and regulation related to environment, forest, water, and other natural resources management, but still need public awareness rising, law enforcement and promote good governance on natural resources uses, management and exploitation.
The Nino Konis Santana National Park in Lautem region, which cover about 10% of Timor-Leste land teritory is an example of Timorese ancestral legacy on how they conserve natural and biodiversity resources. Today generation is proud to have this pristine ecological forest resource. This resources only can be sustain it’s quality from a good conservation method, a good environmental governance. In this cases local ancestor people has apply what Timorese call ‘lulik’ or sacred forest. In the cases of Fataluku community they symbolizing sacred site with tei