The value of ethnoecological knowledge of the Minahasans:  repositioning traditional biocultural knowledge in Indonesian environmental planning

Wuisang, Cynthia and Jones, David 2015, The value of ethnoecological knowledge of the Minahasans:  repositioning traditional biocultural knowledge in Indonesian environmental planning, in ISDRS 2015 : Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity. Proceedings of 21st International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, International Sustainable Development Research Society, [Geelong, Vic.], pp. 1-11.

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Title The value of ethnoecological knowledge of the Minahasans:  repositioning traditional biocultural knowledge in Indonesian environmental planning
Author(s) Wuisang, Cynthia
Jones, DavidORCID iD for Jones, David orcid.org/0000-0003-3990-5520
Conference name International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference Tipping Point (21st : 2015 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 10-12 Jul. 2015
Title of proceedings ISDRS 2015 : Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity. Proceedings of 21st International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher International Sustainable Development Research Society
Place of publication [Geelong, Vic.]
Keyword(s) sustainable development
landscape planning
ethnoecology
Indigenous biocultural knowledge
Summary Indonesian strategic and statutory environmental regimes have drawn directly from conventional Western models of environmental planning and natural resource management. These models are often at odds with, do not connect with, nor appreciate generational traditional biocultural knowledge and information from regionally-specific Indigenous communities in Indonesia. This knowledge, and the voice of the custodians of this knowledge, has been overlooked and circumvented in the name of broadscale nationalistic co-ordinated strategic planning. The problem is that nationalist planning, in a multicultural archipelago full of a diverse set of communities often with their own languages, dialects, cultural relationships to landscape, and mixed connectivity to different cohorts of colonial (European and Asian) and religious affiliations means that a deep understanding of environmental information at local and regional level is negated and denied legitimacy. This paper offers a platform to discuss this issue, the difficulty of nationalistic planning and its failings at the Minahasan regional level in Indonesia, and the wealth of cultural and environmental answers the Minahasan culture can bring to the table to better management its landscape sustainably and culturally. This paper’s purpose is to question conventional and generic environmental planning systems in Indonesia and charts an alternate culturally-attuned agenda that can offer to inform and better manage landscapes sustainably and culturally. The tipping points are deep questions about how to regionally manage landscapes sustainably and culturally in deference to a nationalistic agenda before the latter dooms the former producing a 'one-fits all' or generic Indonesian biogeographical landscape devoid of cultural nuances.
ISBN 9780730000211
Language eng
Field of Research 120107 Landscape Architecture
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, ISDRS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079699

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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