been contemptuous of Indigenous peoples and their knowledge. As such, all the
modern polices, acts and laws in biodiversity conservation intends to follow a
“top down” approach, where decisions to be enacted upon the local people, their
land, biodiversity, forest etc are done at the top level without the local
peoples consent, which ultimately leads to conflict. As such, the author
through this book advocates for the implementation of two pronged policy i.e.,
“bottom up and top down” approach for a practical and effective biodiversity conservation.
conservationist, environmentalist and policy makers view the forested lands as the
last resort for biodiversity conservation, to the local people it is their only
source of livelihood. The
author draws attention on the Naga indigenous knowledge system in the light of
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), through which they
were able to sustainable manage and conserve their biodiversity while obtaining
their livelihood from the same.
This book will help
discover a deeper measure and value of the Naga indigenous knowledge system and
will act as a resourceful material to students, researchers, activist and local
people in their quest to comprehend the important dynamics of biodiversity conservation
and indigenous knowledge. It will also serve as a valuable reference for
indigenous peoples and policy makers all around the world who seeks to
understand and implement indigenous knowledge systems in broader emerging
biodiversity conservation policies and strategies.
Dr. Martemjen is a Human Rights activist and is a member of Naga
Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) and a recipient of Indian Council of
Social Science Research Fellowship Award. Have published papers on Traditional
knowledge and biodiversity conservation in various international journals and have
presented papers in various International, National and Regional Seminars,
Conferences and Symposiums.