Charles, Prince of Wales

Prince-CharlesFor many years I’ve tried to highlight the danger to our most precious and fragile landscapes if traditional practices disappear. It can take less than a generation for skills of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next to be lost forever, which is why I am delighted to hear of the ambitious project to create a Traditional Knowledge World Bank since this idea recognizes just how important traditional approaches and practices are.
Oddly enough, I tried very hard, I suppose it must be some twenty-five years ago, to raise interest in exactly this kind of initiative, but in those days nobody could see the point of what I was trying to get at. Any mention of the word “traditional” and use tend to be written off as old fashioned, out of touch and irrelevant. Traditional knowledge and practice, however hand on to the new generation a vital understanding or effective skill, which have been tried and tested for centuries. Traditional knowledge is therefore very much forward-looking, you might even call it visionary.

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  1. shinichi Post author

    Message of HRH The Prince of Wales for the UNESCO International Conference on the Protection of Landscapes – Florence 19th-21st September 2012 to promote the International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI) and Traditional Knowledge World Bank (TKWB)

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    Traditional Knowledge World Bank

    join TKWB and become a Knowledge Keeper !


    Traditional Knowledge consists of practical (instrumental) and normative knowledge concerning the ecological, socio-economic and cultural environment. Traditional knowledge originates from people and is transmitted to people by recognizable and experienced actors. It is systemic (inter-sectorial and holistic), experimental (empirical and practical), handed down from generation to generation and culturally enhanced.
    Today, traditional knowledge is in danger and its disappearance would cause not only the loss of its people’s capability to keep and pass on the cultural and natural heritage, but also the loss of an extraordinary source of knowledge and cultural diversity from which appropriate innovative sustainable solutions can be derived both today and in the future.

    The Traditional Knowledge World Bank (TKWB) is a Wiki-like system set up as a platform for knowledge sharing and dissemination with full acknowledgement of the originators. This techniques inventory is based on an iconographic system (SITTI) and on a system of fiches available both on the TKWB and on Google Earth. TKWB gathers and protects Traditional Knowledge and promotes and certifies innovative practices based on the modern re-proposal of tradition as well.

    In September 2012 the TKWB has been presented in the Conference “The international protection of Landscapes” held in Florence and promoted by UNESCO-ITKI.
    TKWB inventory system: the Iconographic system SITTI

    The TKWB inventory is based on an iconographic system (SITTI) that has been created to simplify the identification of the techniques and their use. The icons have been grouped into 7 thematic categories:

    A – Silviculture, breeding, hunting and harvesting
    B – Agriculture
    C – Water management
    D – Soil and environment protection
    E – Settlements, architecture and movable handworks
    F – Energy and resources management
    G – Social organization, art and spirituality

  2. shinichi Post author


    ユネスコという権威が、「International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI) 」という権威を作り、チャールズ皇太子という権威にメッセージを読ませ、「join TKWB and become a Knowledge Keeper !」と、つまり「さあやりなさい」と言ったところで、なにも起きない。





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