KUCHING: Representatives from 15 villages throughout Sarawak in the island of Borneo will participate in a two-day seminar starting Tuesday to discuss the documentation of their traditional knowledge on using natural resources for medicinal and other purposes.
Organised by the Sarawak Biodiversity Council (SBC), the seminar aims to help local indigenous communities preserve their traditional knowledge through proper recording and documentation techniques.
Sarawak has over 30 indigenous groups that have inherited traditional knowledge from their ancestors, much of which has not been documented.
"While many of the older generation in these communities still retain traditional knowledge, there is a concern about the loss of knowledge due to changing lifestyles and the diminishing dependence of indigenous communities on natural resources.
"This has made it increasingly important that traditional knowledge be documented by the respective communities so that it will not be lost," SBC said in a statement.
It added that the documentation of traditional knowledge would in the long run contribute to the economic development of a community, such as through cultivating gardens of useful plants that could become tourist attractions in their villages.
During the seminar, participants will share their experiences in documenting traditional knowledge.
Speakers from local and international institutions will also share their expertise with the participants on various topics including the uses of medicinal plants, plant propagation and maintaining a community garden.
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