Traditional knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities around the world. Developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment, traditional knowledge is transmitted orally from generation to generation. It tends to be collectively owned and takes the form of stories, songs, folklore, proverbs, cultural values, beliefs, rituals, community laws, local language, and agricultural practices, including the development of plant species and animal breeds. Sometimes it is referred to as an oral traditional for it is practiced, sung, danced, painted, carved, chanted and performed down through millennia. Traditional knowledge is mainly of a practical nature, particularly in such fields as agriculture, fisheries, health, horticulture, forestry and environmental management in general.

There is today a growing appreciation of the value of traditional knowledge. This knowledge is valuable not only to those who depend on it in their daily lives, but to modern industry and agriculture as well. Many widely used products, such as plant-based medicines, health products and cosmetics, are derived from traditional knowledge. Other valuable products based on traditional knowledge include agricultural and non-wood forest products as well as handicraft.

Traditional knowledge can make a significant contribution to sustainable development. Most indigenous and local communities are situated in areas where the vast majority of the world's genetic resources are found. Many of them have cultivated and used biological diversity in a sustainable way for thousands of years. Some of their practices have been proven to enhance and promote biodiversity at the local level and aid in maintaining healthy ecosystems. However, the contribution of indigenous and local communities to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity goes far beyond their role as natural resource managers. Their skills and techniques provide valuable information to the global community and a useful model for biodiversity policies. Furthermore, as on-site communities with extensive knowledge of local environments, indigenous and local communities are most directly involved with conservation and sustainable use.

(CBD Article 8(j)

Ecosystem Diversity Innovates Diversity of Local Knowledge on Conservation and Sustainable Use

1. Genetic diversity
2. Diversity of species
3. Diversity of ecosystems
4. Ethnobiology
5. Life Science and Technology


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Place : Asrama Haji Donohudan Surakarta. Jl. Raya Ngemplak, Donohudan, Ngemplak, Boyolali 57375, Central Java, Indonesia. Tel.: +62-271-782244

Pre Congress
Date : 4 November 2016
Time : 13.30 to 22.30 WIB

Note : with special invitation

Date : 5 November 2016
Time : 08:00 to 10.00 WIB


Date : 5 November 2016
Time : 10.00 to 16.30 WIB


Date : 6 November 2016
Time : 07.00 to 11.30 WIB


Note: All manuscripts relating to the sub-themes can be submitted.