Kozhikode: Participants at a national conference on ‘Intangible natural heritage and museums’ urged the Centre to constitute a separate committee to coordinate various works on conservation, documentation and research in the field of natural heritage.
Attended by experts from all over the country and abroad, the three-day conference, recommended to the National Biodiversity Authority to set up the committee to preserve the intangible natural heritage.
The meet, organized jointly by the Regional Museum of Natural History, Mysore and Directorate of Ecotourism, Kerala, reiterated the Indian Model on Intangible Heritage based on the ‘Kani Model’ (an earlier study on the medicinal knowledge system of Kani tribals in Thiruvananthapuram) as recommended during an international workshop held in Shanghai, China in October 2004.
The conference also recommended publication of ‘Hortus Malabaricus’, a document on medicinal value of plants in India as the earliest example of systematic and scientific documentation of intangible natural heritage in the country.
Appreciating the efforts of the Centre for Heritage, Thirupunithura, to establish the first department of Intangible Heritage in Asia, it urged the Government of Kerala to establish an institute to coordinate various efforts in the field.
The meet, attended among others by D P Singh, National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi, B Venugopal, Regional Museum, Mysore, T P Narayanankutty, Director, Ecotourism, Kerala, besides UNESCO representative, Ram Boojh and former Director, Netherlands Herbarium, also urged organisations like Museums Association of India to follow up its recommendations.