Re-defining the Relationship Between Humanity and Nature
Stressing the importance of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and promotion as a response to natural disasters caused by climate change. Examining the current situation on intangible cultural heritage and safeguarding amidst the chaos of the pandemic, Presenting the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage policy and vision to redefine the relationship between humanity and nature.
The Anthropocene is a geological term referring to the era characterized by human impact on geological activity and geological history. Climate change, environment, and disease are going beyond scientific discourse to impact our daily lives. Understanding the message being sent from the planet to humanity, and discussing the future and potential of intangible cultural heritage.
Agroforestry is a traditional method of agriculture with a 1000-year long history, practiced mostly in Southeast Asia and Africa. Agroforestry acts as a buffer against flooding and stabilizes the soil, making it an effective response to climate change. Presenting the example of Micronesian sustainable agroforestry, which co-exists in harmony with nature.
Avalanche risk management of the Alps, inscribed to UNESCO’s Representative List of ICH in 2018, is a major topic of interest for Alpine communities which plays a role in forming their identity. Examining the method of disaster management in the Alps, which prepares against natural risks based on experience and knowledge accumulated over centuries.
A look at how research on indigenous understanding of nature and methods of co-existence in the Caribbean and Pacific regions crossed over into the humanities. Examining intangible cultural heritage in the human-nature relationship through the field of ecological humanities.
Humanity’s Response to the Crisis and Intangible Cultural Heritage
Discussing the importance of the ecological turn, rising to prominence in the post-corona discourse. Emphasizing the importance of nature as well as the co-existence of humanity and other forms of life in nature. Presenting a social ecology perspective on the direction for human intangible cultural heritage which has a long-shared history with nature.
Indigenous Local Knowledge (ILK) is an important form of intangible cultural heritage. Presenting examples of attempts to scientifically prove the contribution of ILK, transmitted and accumulated over a long period of time, to biodiversity. Exploring research and policies that encourage the use of ILK in diverse ways.
Presenting examples of disaster reduction and water management through intangible cultural heritage in countries in the Himalayan region. Understanding the importance of intangible cultural heritage as a response to natural disasters. Looking at the current situation in the knowledge community, where experts from different countries can discuss the use of intangible cultural heritage in this field and outcomes thereof.
Examining human ethics revealed in the traditional use of natural resources and human-nature interactions. Introducing the environmental ethics concept of ‘creative conservation’, sharing examples from Japan and Australia in the use of intangible cultural heritage for environmental sustainability.
How Asian local and indigenous groups’ practices and cultural styles can play an essential role in strengthening the coastal ecosystems and international cooperation in the midst of on-going climate change. Through the examples of Timor Leste, we hope to find both indirect and direct solutions while maintaining international collaboration and the Sustainable Developmental Goals.
Intangible Cultural Heritage in Our Daily Lives, Towards a New Age
Intangible cultural heritage transmitted and accumulated over generations allow human societies to interact with nature, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Examining the central role of local communities in such contribution, presenting future tasks and direction for action.
In Fiji, a boat is a central cultural element for the indigenous and local people. The traditional boat building skills and practices need to be attended in the light of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. The situation of the significant reduction of the boatbuilding community not only poses a threat to the boatbuilding community but also to the marine environment as well. By revitalizing the traditional boat building skills and community, the Pacific Blue Foundation hopes to solve environmental sustainability and marine pollution in Fiji while promoting knowledge of intangible cultural heritage.
Exploring the mutual relationship between nature and intangible cultural heritage, and the possible role of laws in protecting both intangible cultural heritage and nature amidst such interactions. Looking at intangible cultural heritage-related laws enacted within environmental regulations.
Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on intangible cultural heritage. Studying the example of the Philippine to discuss the importance of national policy in intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and promotion.
Discussing examples of young people working in the field of intangible cultural heritage, and how they make their voices heard in different ways to promote the importance of interactions between nature and intangible cultural heritage.