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May 20, 2010

Official Presentation of ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute

ITKI Official Presentation in Florence - May 12th, 2010

Promoted by UNESCO, it is recently born ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute.

The Institute will be dedicated to the study and the valorization of traditional knowledge, and traditional techniques: thus, their possible cultural and regional differences; as well as their possible application within contemporary engineering.

For instance, ITKI will collect ancient information and solutions related to the desertification, to water and energy suppies, and to flood’s issues.

The innovative Institute – which can and wants to contribute to the world’s green economy – was officially presented on May 12th, 2010 at the Centro Congressi al Duomo in Florence, Italy. The Centro Congressi al Duomo is  itself member of  Life Beyond Tourism for Intercultural Dialogue, a project aiming to promote intercultural dialogue through a better understanding of  local traditional knowledge and sites.

All ITKI’s Founder Members attended the press conference: Pietro Laureano, UNESCO Consultant and President of IPOGEA; Luciano Bartolini, City Manager of  Bagno a Ripoli, where the Institute’s headquarter will be established; Renzo Crescioli, Florence Town Councillor for the Environment;   Michael Carrington, Director of Nobrega Foundation; Paolo Del Bianco, President of Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and Promoter of  Life Beyond Tourism for Intercultural Dialogue; Mauro Perini, President of Water Right Foundation.

Moreover, UNESCO Vice-Director Francesco Bandarin took part in the official presentation through a Skype videocall, and said that traditional knowledge and techniques:

“sono un giacimento di possibilità che si vanno perdendo, con l’affermarsi della monocultura del cemento e anche con gli spostamenti di popolazioni. È successo in Italia negli anni ’50, sta succedendo in Cina dove ogni anno 10 milioni di abitanti lasciano i villaggi per concentrarsi nelle aree urbane”.

In conclusion, traditional knowledge is recognized as part of our intangible heritage, and – as Pietro Laureano stated – they become precious elements for the preservation of  the environment, for our future landscape, and for starting the third industrial revolution based on  green economy.

– Post by Alessandra Brignola –

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