Book that highlights traditional environmental management practices launched
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched a book that immortalizes the traditional practices of the people of Panay and Guimaras islands in terms of managing the environment.
The book, entitled “From Seas to the Mountains (Kadagatan Tubtub Kabukidan): Traditional Knowledge Practices of Panay and Guimaras”, shows how traditional knowledge systems and practices promoted cultural resiliency and sustainable development in the two Visayan Islands.
Co-produced with the University of the Philippines in Visayas, the book describes the life of the people of the two islands in the olden times and showcases their pollution-free environment with clean rivers and seas, fresh air and forests with abundant wildlife.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the book is inspired by the tried and tested environmental management methods employed by the indigenous peoples that have made coastal and upland communities of Panay and Guimaras resilient over the years.
“The adaptive and survival instincts of the ancestors of Panay and Guimaras have honed their traditional knowledge systems and have become their effective mechanisms to protect the environment,” Cimatu said.
More than anything else, Cimatu said the book is a story of resilience from which there is much to learn.