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‘Indigenous knowledge more helpful in water conservation’

On the International Day for Biological Diversity,Rajendra Singh,known as the ‘Waterman of India’ said that the present education system needs to step out from the confines of textbooks and adopt indigenous knowledge systems for water conservation.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
May 23, 2013 3:02:49 am

On the International Day for Biological Diversity,Rajendra Singh,known as the ‘Waterman of India’ said that the present education system needs to step out from the confines of textbooks and adopt indigenous knowledge systems for water conservation.

Citing example of Rajasthan farmers,where he and his NGO Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS) has brought water to over a thousand villages,Singh said “adopting indigenous practices was the key to success in Rajasthan.

“Neither I nor any farmer had any professional knowledge about the water systems. We observed the Earth and took decisions on the basis of our observations and indigenous knowledge”.

Singh was speaking at a conference in Lucknow-based Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity,with focus on water and biodiversity.

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