The very existence of human being on this planet depends upon natural resources. The indigenous communities of the world have developed an understanding of the properties of plants and animals, the functioning of ecosystems and the techniques for using and managing them that is particular and often detailed. Most indigenous people have traditional songs, stories, legends, dreams, methods and practices as means of transmitting specific human elements of traditional knowledge. Sometimes it is preserved in artifacts handed from father to son or mother to daughter.
In many countries, traditional medicines provide the only affordable treatment available to poor people. In developing countries, up to 80% of the population depends on traditional medicines to help meet their healthcare needs. In addition, knowledge of the healing properties of plants has been the source of many modern medicines. Such “traditional knowledge” is an important part of their cultural identities. Traditional knowledge has played, and still plays, a vital role in the daily lives of millions of people in developing countries whether it be food security or health.
The preservation and use of traditional knowledge is very important to cater the need of largest population of the world. FIRSTIP has specific working group for documentation of traditional knowledge and assisting the stakeholders in protecting traditional wisdom and utilizing the same for the benefit of humanity. In case you would like to be part of this noble cause, we would be pleased to hear from you.