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International Traditional Knowledge Network

Major Conference

CLIMATE CHANGE, DESERTIFICATION, ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS AND MIGRATIONS – An international Network of experts on Traditional Knowledge for a common strategy


Via Cavour 18 – Florence


28-29 June 2007



Thursday 28 June 2007
 9.30 am
Conference opening
Claudio Martini – President of Regional Government of Tuscany
Hama Arba Diallo –UNCCD Executive Secretary
Philippe Pypaert – UNESCO BRESCE
10.30 am
Background and organization of the conference
Rajeb BoulharoufMassimo CandeloriPietro Laureano
11.00 am
Coffee Break
11.15 am
Key topics  
Chair Person -Iwao Kobori
Rapporteur – Sabina Asins
11.20 am
Global environmental changes and population security
Hans Günter Brauch
11.45 am
Ecosystem collapse: Traditional Knowledge as innovative solution.
Pietro Laureano
12.10 am
Juridical protection of Local Knowledge and Community Rights.
 Francesco Francioni
12.30 am
Work-session organization
Session I       
Network consolidation and collaboration schemes.
Massimo Candelori and Rajeb Boulharouf

Session II       
Inventory and classification of Traditional Techniques.

Brunello Ceccanti

Session III   
Data bank management.

Philippe Pypaert, Andrea Mancuso

Session IV
Protection of Community Rights
Pierluigi Bozzi

1,00 pm
Lunch break
2.00 pm
Session I
Session II
Session III
Session IV
4.00 pm
Coffee break
4.15 pm
Session I
Session II
Session III
Session IV
6.00 pm
Visit to the Villa Medicea di Careggi – Future headquarters of the International Centre for Traditional Knowledge
Friday 29 June 2007
9.00 am
Key topic
Chair Person – Valerio Calzolaio
Climatic change, desertification, drought and soil erosion.
Giampiero Maracchi
Traditional Knowledge in UN Conventions
Corinne Wacker
10.00 am
Good Practices – Projects and significative experiences in restoration and environmental protection using Traditional and Innovative Techniques.
Chair Person – Anna Luise, Corinne Wacker
  • Restoration of water catchment systems in the Sahara oases.
  • Innovative use of Traditional Techniques for water saving in Tunisian agriculture.
Contrasting the process of melting glaciers with local innovative techniques in Tibet

Protecting the slopes by terracing in Peru.
Restoring water catchment cisterns in the Murge near Matera

11.15 am
Coffee Break
11.30 am –
1.00 pm
Plenary conclusive discussion and document approval
Chair persons:
Rajeb BoulharoufMassimo CandeloriPietro Laureano
Contact for Information: 
Via Cavour 18 – Firenze
Tel. +39 055 4384944
Vico Conservatorio s.n. – Matera
Tel. +39 0835 331851