Indigenous people and nature conservation
Freddy Pattiselanno and Agustina Arobaya, The Jakarta Post, 5 January 2013

In this article, the authors argue that indigenous knowledge and biodiversity are complementary phenomena essential to human development. This is confirmed by a growing interest in indigenous knowledge in recent years, partly due to the recognition that such knowledge can contribution to biodiversity conservation. Panglima Laot in Aceh for example, is considered as one of the old traditional-based fisheries management in the world that still exists. It is a fishers’ institution which has played a dominant role in governing the fisheries and coastal management in Aceh for over four centuries through the strict implementation of “adat laot” (marine customary law). The Lamalera people in Lembata islands are the one and only community in Indonesia to hold customary law (adat) regarding whale hunting as part of a traditional subsistence fishery. Read the article …

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