With the ultimate goal of conserving the various customary rules and local wisdom that regulates the local community’s social life, particularly in relation to the management and protection of natural resources, Toro village and the Lore Lindu Biosphere Reserve Communication Forum have committed to documenting the various customary rules and local wisdom which currently only exist in the scattered memories of the village elders. In order to initiate this task, a coordination meeting was held in Toro village in the western part of Palu, Central Sulawesi on 23 September 2021. The meeting was opened by the Head of Toro village, Mr Mulyanto Dharmawan Lagimpu, and was attended by local communities.
During the meeting, participants agreed on the following:
1. Collection and extraction of information from the local community, particularly from elderly citizens who still have relevant information stored in their memories.
2. Determination of the Toro language for the documentation of customary rules and local wisdom.
3. Translation of contexts and meanings into the Indonesian language in order to facilitate wider comprehension.
After this task has been completed, the collected customary rules and local wisdom will be compiled into a guidebook that will then be published and distributed to all sub-village and village offices. It is hoped that this project will inspire younger generations to retain and preserve the knowledge of their ancestors, particularly as it relates to the management of natural resources.
The residents of Toro follow various philosophical tenets in relation to their social lives, specifically:
1. Hintuwu, which regulates relationships between people;
2. Katuwua, which regulates relationships between people and nature;
3. Petukua, which regulates relationships between people and the Creator.
For more information, please contact:
Fikty Aprilinayati, Adviser for Sustainable Forest Management and Biosphere Reserve Management
Ismet Khaeruddin, Senior Adviser for Biodiversity Focal Point for the KFW Forest Program 3 and Provincial Coordinator for Central Sulawesi