ERDB researchers, Ms. Karen Rae M. Fortus and Ms. Donnabel A. Elpedes, participated and presented a technical paper on “Documentation of Folk Culture of Selected Indigenous Communities in the Philippines: An Initial Assessment” during the workshop on Traditional Knowledge for Ecosystems Services in ASEAN Countries on March 2-4, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the greater goal for sustainable forest management (SFM), researchers from the academe and government offices from Korea, Peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Sabah exchanged research outputs and experiences by presenting their papers on folk culture related to ecosystems services. They believe that traditional knowledge is a valuable input to improve and strengthen existing SFM strategies and policies in Asia.

To continue such endeavour, three uniform studies will be conducted by researchers in their respective countries from 2016-2018. These studies aim to document folk culture related to ecosystems services; evaluate traditional practices on forest management; and identify the resiliency of local communities against natural disaster and socio-economic change. Research results will also serve as inputs for the ASIAN Initiative on Traditional Forest Knowledge in 2019 to be held in Seoul, Korea.

The three-day workshop was organized by the Asia Pacific Forest Research Institutions (APAFRI), co-hosted by the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), and co-sponsored by the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS). Donnabel A. Elpedes, Karen Rae M. Fortus, FERD