Academy for Democracy

    IPPC (Indigenous Practices & Patterns Catalog)

    Indigenous Practices and Patterns Catalog

    The depletion of natural resources has far reaching consequences if sustainable environmental management are not revived or exercised by rural and urban settlements. Situated in the South of Asia, Pakistan’s major issues consist of deforestation, waste management systems, clean water availability and degradation of local culture and heritage due to unhealthy approach to development. Sustainable environmental management needs to be contextualized in light of the local indigenous knowledge systems, as the western scientific model, which is predominant in such literature, is not always fit for this region. The local realities and situations are quite regional when it comes to indigenous management of natural resources that give rise to cultural practices, living patterns and the tangible and intangible heritage of a region. Indigenous practices and Patterns Catalog aims to document and archive these practices and patterns that have developed over decades and are undergoing fast-transformations due to development pressures. Not only will this catalog will serve as a repository of information and insight into the everyday life of regions and their relationship with land, but also highlight food and craft practices. This information can be used as a knowledge base for other organizations who plan to design and implement projects in that particular region.

    Editor: Zahra Hussain

    ISSN 2414-1577

    All rights reserved- Laajverd. Any material to be used will be made with reference to this catalog.


    IPPC 2015

    Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir


    In 2015, research aimed to map out traditional and indigenous practices of Neelam Valley inhabitants that help preserve natural resources and the current threats to it in order to see effective ways of preserving these practices for the challenging future. For the Audio Visual Cultures workshop, the field research was carried out on land, animals, plants, water, etc which ultimately lead to listing sixty indigenous practices in this catalog.

    Indigenous Practices <click to enter catalog section>

    Indigenous Patterns <click to enter catalog section>

    Editor: Zahra Hussain

    Research Assistants Catalog 2015:

    Abdullah Aslam, Daniyal Khyzer, Sarmad bin Shafiq, Faryal Arif, Jasim Abdullah & Tahir Pervaiz

    Acknowledgements Catalog 2015:

    Zulekha, Fatima Hussain, Saram Maqbool & all the participants from Laajverd Visiting School held in 2015.

    The workshops on Audio Visual Culture and Built Environment focused on documenting practices and patterns of indigenous people in order to archive them and to build a knowledge repository for future development in the area. The catalog will act as a knowledge base for anyone who wishes to intervene in the area with regard to architecture, tourism or cultural development. IPPC is a regular feature of LVS and will be available online and in print version.