Yani Sagoroa

Ashoka Fellow
Indonesia,
Fellow Since 1998
Lembaga Olah Hidup

Citation

This profile was prepared when Yani Sagoroa was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Yani Sangooroa is organizing the Sandro and cataloging their traditional pharmacology and healing practices. He strives not only to preserve the Sandro's traditions and compile a record of the plants they rely on, but to convince local communities of the Sandro's importance, as a way of launching a broad, grassroots environmental movement. Yani sees the Sandro and other elders throughout Indonesia as vital to the preservation of bio-diversity. When local communities appreciate the Sandro's knowledge and expertise, they will begin to value preserving local resources which are currently being destroyed by rapid economic development. Yani's strategy of harnessing the potential of traditional elders to protect bio-diversity can be applied elsewhere in Indonesia.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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