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Blending Cultural Values, Indigenous Technology and Environment: The Experience of Bhutan

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Gupta, Anil K.; Ura, Karma
Date: 1992
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4534
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): indigenous institutions
Abstract: "Why do formal development models tend to 'destroy the only cultures that have proved able to thrive in these (isolated and harsh) environments. The question raised in the recent report of World Commission on Environment and Development has been asked in Bhutan ever since the programmed efforts to reduce isolation started few decades ago. Blending indigenous technology evolved in the crucible of culture and local environment with alien concepts, techniques and tools requires adapting institutions as well. The relationship between natural resources and the people have been forged within moral, cultural, politico economic and ecological boundaries."

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