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Training Course on Documentation of Traditional Knowledge of Aquatic Resources

14 February 2023

A four-day training course on Documentation of Traditional Knowledge (TK) of Aquatic Resources (AR) and their use was organised by NERAQ Project at Poilwa Village in Peren district of Nagaland from February 14-17, 2023.  It was organised in an endeavour to capacitate relevant stakeholders with the tools and methods required for documenting traditional practices related to aquatic resources in the region.

Dr. Rajindra Puri, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, School of Anthropology and Conservation was the lead trainer of the training that saw participation of the village community members, Nagaland State Biodiversity Board as well as researchers, lecturers, students representing different organisations and institutions. In May 2023, this series of interactions were continued in Meghalaya with Martin Luther Christian University, with Gauhati university in Assam and Kohima Science College in Nagaland, particularly with the focus on incorporating TK into existing curricula.

As a step further, a methods-manual on the know-how of documenting TK has been prepared for practitioners. This is envisaged to help inform their conservation responses and integrate it into management planning. Apart from this, NERAQ is also developing a multi-disciplinary curriculum that could be used across Botany, Zoology and Anthropology courses for exposing undergraduates and teachers to this wealth of knowledge. With this, four research institutions in NER will have integrated traditional knowledge, climate change and sustainable management practices of aquatic resources into their curriculum and therefore, build the foundation of future interdisciplinary trained scholars.

Participants engaged in training on documenting traditional knowledge in Poilwa
Participants engaged in training on documenting traditional knowledge in Poilwa
Dr Rajindra Puri exchanges with participants in Martin Luther Christian University
Dr Rajindra Puri exchanges with participants in Martin Luther Christian University
Discussion on TK at Gauhati University
Discussion on TK at Gauhati University

Date
February 14-17, 2023

Location
Poilwa village, Peren District Nagaland

Contact Person
Aja Zinyu