The Melanesian Way Conservation is Spirit-Led Conservation

Spirit-Led means, carried out based on Storylines that comprehensively map out the Spirit-Hotspots (objects, subjects, characters, names, scapes)

The 6 Pillars of Melanesian Way Conservation

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Spirit-Led means follow the Storylines, which are the maps the Spirit Hotspots that give birth, nurture and welcome back life, that should to be treated as “sacred” sites, beings, names, scapes, events.

Pillar 1: Restore the Storylines

Stories that are kept and passed down for generations by Story-holders and story-tellers provide complete and detailed maps of the Spirit Hotspots.

Pillar 2: Map the Hotspots

When the spirit-hotspots breathe freely, abundance of life is facilitated, the supremacy of the lores of nature is guaranteed, and organism of life and living beings will automatically flourish and multiply.

Pillar 3: Produce the Maps

Based on the stories and hotspots, maps of the customary area (geography) and of society and culture are produced to allow outline of the Customary Laws.

Pillar 4: Codified Customary Laws

When storylines are well-documented as geographical & socio-cultural maps, then the Customary Laws will be codified and legalized. This will be legally binding for respective individuals and groups members of the tribe.

Pillar 5: Formalized Customary Leadership

When the codified Customary Laws based on the lores of nature are legalized, and the modern organizations formally established, then organism of life and living beings will automatically be protected to flourish and multiply.

Pillar 6: The Elders at the Story-House

When the Customary Elders breathe freely in Story/Spirit-House, stories will be told in detail, abundance in life is nurtured, the supremacy of the lores of nature becomes priority, and organism of life and living beings will automatically flourish and multiply.

2 Phases of Overal Project Activities

We focus on Indigenous wisdom to carry out the conservation work, therefore, we map, protect and promote indigenous wisdom in 1 phases: mapping; and legalizing customary maps of geography and socio-culture and legalize and promote customary institutions.

Phase I: Mapping Activities

  • Map the geography of customary land of the tribe.
  • Map the socio – culture of the tribe based on storylines, spirit-hotspots and geographical map.
  • Codify Customary Laws biding to the members of the tribe based on the maps to organise, protect and promote the tribe in social, cultural, political and economic activities.

Phase II: Establish Customary Legal and Business Entities

  • Based on the Customary Law/ Constitution: Legalize 1 NGO for the tribe, to be responsible and protect the tribal land and to organise social and cultural activities.
  • Based on the Customary Constitution: Legalize 1 Business Entity to be responsible and protect the tribe’s economic activities on the Customary land or among the members of the tribe.
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“SPIRIT is Here! NATURE is Here! HERE we are! .
We humbly surrender to this truth and declare:
WE ARE MELANESIA!

Trustee and Board of Directors

The Melanesia Spirit and Nature Foundation Inc.

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