“Pilot research on “Dong Local Indigenous knowledge and Sustainable Resource Management”
The purpose of this pilot study is to contribute to the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems project under UNESCO Sustainable Development Programme to increase the awareness of community on Kam ethnic minority traditional knowledge and to promote sustainable management of cultural and natural resources within the region. Within the framework of UNESCO's Science Policy and Sustainable Development Programme on Local and Indigenous Knowledge, to jointly undertake to implement the pilot research on Kam Local Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Resource Management in close cooperation with the Kam Ethnic Community and other relevant ministries responsible for ethnic development. To record social and environmental changes，the documentation and conservation of local and indigenous knowledge systems of the Dong people and to provide resources for their sustainable livelihood development. The objective is to realize harmonious development between human beings and the natural environment, according to the World Commission on Environment and Development. The strategy for sustainable development aims to promote harmony among human beings and between humanity and nature. A proposed legal principle is that all beings have the fundamental right to an environment that will sustain their health and well-being. “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It necessitates meeting the basic needs of all and extending and ensuring to all equitable opportunities to satisfy their aspirations for a better life.