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Lecture in the World Cultural Forum in Bali 2013

In November 2013, Prof.Dr. L. Jan Slikkerveer, Director of the LEAD Programme was personally invited by the former President of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to present a lecture on The Role of Traditional Ecological Knowldege in Sustainable Development in Indonesia in the World Culture Forum (WCF) , organised in Bali from 24th to the 27th of November 2013.

The Session of the WCF on Environment and Development was chaired by Dr. Anak Agung Gde Agung, PhD alumni (2005) from the LEAD Programme of Leiden University.

In his lecture, Prof. Slikkerveer underscored the significance of the recent reorientation in science and society towards indigenous peoples and their knowledge systems for sustainable development. As elsewhere around the globe, indigenous knowledge and practice are re-evaluated as the cultural dimension of development, and as such are increasingly integrated into global strategies of socio-economic policy planning and implementation.

The message of the lecture provided an important contribution to the Bali Promise 2013:  to promote local knowledge systems in guiding environmental conservation and heritage protection.