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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Glimpse of 14th Congress of the International Society for Ethno-biology

This year theme as One Earth for All; Regenerating Bio-cultural Ecosystem Resilience
I have participated for the first time the 14th Congress of the International Society of Ethobiology in Bumthang-Bhutan from 1st to 7th   June 2014. This ISE concept and its rationale was very new and fresh eye opening for me which I hadn’t known if I weren’t participated there. It was most amazing experiences and knowledge foundation not only for me but all Bhutanese participants who had participated for the first time.So accordingly I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences obtained through this participation were in the following ways:

Posters and artifact exhibition

The ISE concept was born from the first International Congress of Ethnobiology in Belam, Brazil during the July 19-24, 1988, organized by Dr.Darrell Posey. The first documents was adopted “Declaration of Berlem”. The ISE have maintained three core programs: The Global Coalition for biocultural Diversity, the Ethics Program, and the Darrell Posey Fellowship for Ethnoecology and Traditional resources rights. (Source: ISE Website) 

My perception on ISE Congress
This will play a pivotal role in providing platform and opportunity to all the researchers, scientific communities, academicians, conservationists, ecologists,…and …..So forth particularly working with natural resources and communities to share their knowledge’s and findings. It will also impart one’s research skills and methodologies especially to beginners through various presentations and questions answers sessions.

Yak dance peformance by Merak community

 Meanwhile, its gathering and sharing will encourage and boost ones unique cultures, indigenous communities’ knowledge and associated biological resources through culture and knowledge exchange program. Furthermore it creates new research topic and scientific discovery while various scholars, researchers and etc stimulate ways and directions for future collaboration and researches owing to their deeper interested field. Hence it will also recognize the intellectual property right and their freedom of indigenous communities’ prior utilization and conservation of natural resources.

Tawanese exhibition

This forum will also know individual country’s culture, identity, sovereignty and elegant through interaction and showcasing of fold songs and stories.