Task Force 5: Traditional Knowledge System

Title: Network Programme on Convergence of Traditional Knowledge Systems for Integration to Sustainable Development in the Indian Himalayan Region


Traditionally people in the Indian Himalayan Region have lived with the nature in harmony and developed various traditional systems as part of their livelihood that sustained for thousands of years.  However, presently due to the factors such as increase in human population, low productivity of fragile mountain ecology and increased use of modern and/or unsustainable development practices, these traditional knowledge systems are eroding at a faster pace. 

It is important that these rich traditional knowledge systems are understood, documented in an integrated manner for conservation of Himalayan ecosystems and wellbeing of humans. A platform for Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the Himalayan region can assist the formal decision support systems for sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region. 


  • To capacitate the institutions working in the Indian Himalayan Region on Traditional Knowledge System (TKS) and its importance in sustainable development of indigenous community
  • To identify the traditional ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation and scientific validation of the same
  • To create a digital database on Traditional Knowledge System in the Himalaya
  • To understand the impact of modernization on Traditional Knowledge System
  • To formulate strategic framework for indigenous knowledge management

Coordinating Institute

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi


Collaborating Institutes




Task Force Coordinators

Dr. S.C. Garkoti, JNU
School of Environment Sciences
JawaharLal Nehru University
New Delhi- 110067
Phone: 011-26704015
e-mail: scgarkoti@mail.jnu.ac.in ,sgarkoti@yahoo.com