Meet on protection of ‘traditional knowledge’

Meet on protection of ‘traditional knowledge’
Section of participants during the coordination meeting in Kohima.
Kohima | Publish Date: 8/19/2019 11:32:14 AM IST

Nagaland Science & Technology Council (NSTC) conducted a coordination meet of all the tribal bodies of Kohima unit on protection of indigenous and traditional knowledge, textiles & handicrafts at the conference hall of Department of Science & Technology, Kohima on August 17.

A press release from the NSTC stated that realizing the need to create an awareness on how to protect the rich traditional heritage, the NSTC through this meet disseminated the information on how to secure the traditional rights.

Social activist and director, Path Finders, Vitono Gugu Haralu facilitated the programme and introduced the purpose and importance of capacitating and empowering the community leaders through such forums to educate the mass in preserving, protecting and promoting the heritage.

She also stressed on equal custodian of men, women and youth towards protecting the traditional heritage.

Chief Scientist Officer, Dr. Zavei Hiese focused on the role of the department and encouraged the community leaders based in Kohima to avail the resources available and empower the people in the district levels and work together by taking equal ownership to safeguard what is rightfully theirs.

Scientist Dr. Nesatalu Hiese talked on the importance and significance of Geographical Indication (GI) and its relevance in the tribal context in Nagaland.

She said that under the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) regime, and GI Act of India 1999, there was provision to protect the rich traditional heritage and attires and its importance to protect from piracy and misuse.

A short experience was shared by ex-president Chakhesang Women Welfare Society Vechisalu Nukhu on GI filing on Chakhesang shawls which was granted in 2017.

She also encouraged the gathering to pursue to start documenting and file for the same on the traditional attires on priority basis.

The coordination meet also discussed and deliberated on the upcoming state level workshop to be held in October with various stakeholders.

A coordination committee has also been constituted, endorsed by Kohima Unit to communicate and work smoothly.

60 tribal representatives from Kohima unit attended the programme.

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