[TimorLesteStudies] Seminar: Deforestation and catchment response
convergence of community views and science, or delusion?
jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Tue Apr 17 14:20:18 EST 2007
Please note, this seminar will be recorded and available from the
Timor-Leste Studies Association's website
(http://www.etstudies-aust.org/Seminars.html) by 30 April.
Deforestation and catchment response in Timor-Leste: convergence of
community views and science, or delusion?
A Seminar by
Professor Robert Wasson, CDU
Where: The Fenner School of Environment and Society (formerly the
Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies)
Seminar Room, Level 6,
Hancock Building West (43), Biology Place, ANU.
(Take lift to Level 5, then take stairs to Level 6)
Day: Monday 23 April
Enquiries: Ben McDonald (benm at cres.anu.edu.au or phone 6125 6769)
The government of Timor Leste is concerned that deforestation and
upland erosion is negatively affecting the rivers and coastal
resources of this mountainous country. Set within the bounds of this
upland-lowland debate, consultation with focus groups in four centres
within the catchment of the Laclo River resulted in a generally
consistent set of concerns and explanations from the local
people. Many of these descriptions and explanations of change in
this catchment are consonant with scientific understanding from the
Western tradition. Some scientific findings are not mirrored in the
knowledge of local people, and the spiritual account of landforms and
catastrophic floods is usually excluded from the scientific studies.
The comparison of local and scientific understanding in the Laclo
catchment will be analysed within the ongoing debate about whether or
not traditional / indigenous / local knowledge is different from
scientific / universal knowledge.
Narciso Almeida de Carvalho, MAFF; Francisco Inicio MAFF; Alexio
Leonita Amaral MAFF; Andrew McWilliam, ANU; Frank Tirendi AIMS;
Professor Robert Wasson. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Charles
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