Launch of fishing method booklet and posters on marine traditional ecological knowledge in Timor Leste
The materials were launched at a community meeting held in Atauro, Timor-Leste, on 25 September 2013. One booklet and five posters on traditional ecological knowledge related to fishing methods and coastal ecosystems were developed by UNESCO Office Jakarta and NGO Roman Luan, based on research conducted in Makili and Bikeli villages on Atauro island, Timor-Leste, between March and August 2013. All materials are published in the Tetum language.
The booklet, titled “Hamoris Fali Komunidade nia Matenek Tradisionál ba Moris ne’ebé Sustentável: MÉTODU PESKA” (Revitalizing Community Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Livelihoods: FISHING METHODS), provides information on various traditional fishing methods, including ceremonies and legends associated with use of fish traps, documented in Makili village. The titles of three posters are:
- Mai ita-hotu hafolin matenek bei’ala nian (Ways to improve your traditional fishing methods to be more eco-friendly)
- Kaer metin ita-nia matenek ekolójiku tradisionál ne’ebé iha relasaun ho moris peska nian (Safeguarding our traditional ecological knowledge related to fishing)
- Serimónia dada ró no haree bubur (Ceremonies for boat dragging and checking fish-traps)
Two posters were developed based on knowledge on the different uses of mangroves, sea grasses and corals of Bikeli villagers:
- Mai ita hafolin no haburas ita-nia ekosistema tasi-ibun ba ita-nia komunidade nia futuru sustentavel (Let's value and enrich our coastal ecosystem for the sustainable future of our community)
- Kaer-metin ita-nia matenek ekolójiku tradisiontál kona-ba ekosistema tasi-ibun (Safeguarding our traditional ecological knowledge related to coastal ecosystem)
These booklet and posters will be disseminated on Atauro by Roman Luan and will be placed in the public and mobile libraries on the island, in government and village offices, and for use in local schools. The materials will help transmit traditional ecological knowledge to youth, and increase the awareness of villagers towards establishment of a marine protected area and customary laws (tara bandu) on sustainable use of marine resources.
Only a limited number of hard copies of the book are available. For more information on the materials, please contact l.hiwasaki(at)unesco.org
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