A two-day participatory workshop on the project “Implementing Biocentric Restoration of Indigenous Peoples in Meghalaya” ended today in Ladmawphlang.
The workshop was facilitated by NESFAS with the aim of restoring degraded lands through the recovery of indigenous peoples’ ancestral knowledge, territorial management and values and relationships with the territory. The activities aim to restore the territory, considering all the species and living beings that have inhabited it, not only those that have a function for human beings, to guarantee the protection and respect of Mother Earth.
This project is active in four countries, Ecuador, India, Peru and Thailand. It also aims to identify degraded areas so that immediate response measures can be taken and hopes to eventually change the mindset of communities about the importance of ecosystem restoration. As one of the results, the project also aims to establish a “School of Life” which consists of a movement and a space for sharing knowledge between elders and young people, while traveling through the territory.
NESFAS Executive Director, Then Ranee, said more than 25% of degraded land globally is unfortunately not recovering as before. He said the project will address and take action to restore fallow land and forest areas in the five communities (Dewlieh, Nongwah, Umsawwar, Ladmawphlang and Nongtraw) selected for the initiative.
Dr Dhrupad Choudhury, Senior Consultant for Climate Change Research, Innovation and Training, said: “The changes (climate change) have happened so quickly. Nature conservation comes from the community. We as an organization are here to support the work the community is already doing. We just want to help ensure sustainability – and provide for future generations.”
A statement from NESFAS said today that ideas were put forward at the participatory workshop – the use of bioinoculants, traditional forms of mulching, vermicomposting, involving young people and more. and community members discussed at length their accreditation and areas where they disagree or foresee many challenges.
The workshop was a platform for community executives to clarify all their perspectives and also voice their concerns, making way for the successful and lucrative execution of the project.