Traditional Conservation for a Sustainable Future Philosophy that drive Conservation
According to many indigenous peoples' core belief, every natural thing on earth has a living energy.
Things that are considered non-living by Western science are alive - such things as stones and water are alive and are inter connected with each another.
All non-humans, such as swamps, creeks and rivers have energies that make them unique. These energies are responsible for their well-being. Humans should take this into consideration when dealing with the natural environment.
In traditional indigenous conservation, preserving the right balance between man and nature is more important than anything else. Enabling the Understanding of Traditional Management Techniques
If we are to fully understand the importance of conservation done by indigenous peoples, then the job of education has to come from indigenous peoples themselves. This can be supported by those who understand how native peoples contribute to the preservation of our planet.
There is clear evidence that traditional native peoples have helped tremendously to preserve our natural places. Generally, management techniques come from inside communities and are very practical.
Sometimes there can be strategies and techniques that are unheard of to Western scientists.
Many of these may be unique only to distinctive communities and would be responsible for the preservation of the unique places they occupy.
Learning from other indigenous peoples who live in similar environment has enabled communities to survive just as well as their neighbours. On this level, indigenous people tend to acknowledge and respect the presence of other communities within their geographical area and region.
In today's world of climate change, people from all backgrounds need to conserve and preserve.
Non-traditional conservation techniques can complement traditional ones and vice-versa.
This is where indigenous and non-indigenous people can co-operate and work together
Experts in the field of forest agriculture, traditional medicine, local design and planning.
Land (forests, swamps)
Water (spring, swamp)
Multimedia i.e. camera, projector, laptop, alternative energy
Transportation i.e. outboard engine, 4x4 drive
Preserving Amazonian Fruits for the Future
Many fruits we currently enjoy are indigenous to tropical South American rainforests.
Avocado, pineapple and cocoa are amongst the well known ones. Maybe, because they were domesticated such a long time ago, we take them for granted and overlook their origin.
When rainforests are depleted of their trees we lose other valuable resources as well. Yet, we can understand how to preserve our forests by connecting with the bio-complexity of trees.
Trees keep our forests alive and help to ascertain our own future.
Forests are functioning, living natural places which take years to mature. Their trees, especially the hardwoods take a long time to bear fruits.
And, those fruits act as one important binding force in the interconnectivity of the forest. If there were no fruits, trees would be unable to reproduce or multiply. When we destroy them, we destroy life in the rainforest and that life is connected to ours.
Indigenous peoples are the experts and can tell us about the importance of forest fruits in maintaining a healthy biodiversity.
An obvious significant usefulness of fruits is that they are consumed by forest inhabitants including people.
If we cut down trees indiscriminately, then we stop them bearing the fruits which contribute to the longevity of the forest.
Indiscriminate logging at present means we surely have to pay a high price later on.
The Inga Family The Inga family of forest fruits is vital to rainforest preservation. Trees are nitrogen fixers and one type is used to make canoes as well as houses.
Fruits help to Sustain Life in the Forest. It is important that we save them.
Animals as well as people enjoy the unique fruits that are found in and around Moraro rain-forest. Many times, the trees that bear these fruits are multi purpose. Apart from fruits, they might supply important commodities such as medicine, skin moisturizers and craft materials. These forest fruit trees would have been propagated by animals, birds, the water or the wind.