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Our 14th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology Session, "Importance of the environmental and cultural preservation, perceptions of young Bhutanese and French" / Notre session plénière lors du 14ème Congrès de la Société Internationale d'Ethnobiologie, "Importance de la préservation de l'environnement et de la culture : regards croisés de jeunes Bhoutanais et Français"

par Lycée Jean Monnet 16 Juin 2014, 06:43

We succeeded to go to Bhutan the 29th May of 2014 : seven french students and three adults, two teachers and a ecology engineer. We were accommodated at the Jakar High School. We worked very hard with nine bhutanese students and their teacher, Sippy Parajuli, to present this session. So , the Thursday, 5th June 2014 (1.00 PM to 2.30 PM) in the 14th Congress of the  ISE in Bumthang, our sixteen sudents have realised this presentation which obtained a great success. Many researchers congratulated them.


Session Description: The happiness perception by young people shows that the environment occupies a major place.
The respect of the biodiversity, in particular the one within the forests, the plants, mushrooms and also the fauna, for example bees as sentinels of the environment, is really determining for the new generations.
This respect encourages the preservation of the traditional knowledge. The relationships between human beings and environment have been treated through different subjects that the students of our two high schools have chosen :

•Sustainable development with community forest

•Some medicinal plants of Bumthang

•Economically important plants of Bumthang

•History of Bumthang as a holy place

•Cordyceps harvest in Bumthang

•Traditional beekeeping and relationship between bees and human beings

•Prevention of environmental risks: floods and fires.

•Basis of happiness in France and Bhutan

•Perception of environment and transmission of the traditional knowledge


Together, they will question themselves on these subjects, in a common presentation in which each student will be a specialist.
If possible, they will compare some of the same problems of their two countries, with their different or similar looks.

In particular, they will try to answer the question:

Are the new generations more interested in preservation of environment than the oldest?


Here, this presentation !





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