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SPIRIT-LED CONSERVATION ACROSS MELANESIA AND BEYOND

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WE ARE MELANESIAN COUNCILS OF ELDERS

The Melanesian Council of Elders consists of various individuals, primarily clan elders as well as leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with elders represent non-human communities of beings across Melanesian Archipelago.

There are councils of elders across Melanesian villages and islands that are loosely or organically gathered, mainly online but also based on offline contacts and communications. These councils of elders represent different beings, issues and islands or villages.

As elders, we dedicate our lives and contribute what we have to the communities we represent, in order to serve our peoples and all beings who reside in our place. 


As Melanesian elders, we are responsible to speak for our respective clans, islands, villages, and at certain level representing our Melanesian archipelago.

Melanesian Councils of Elders for The Melanesian Way Conservation is mainly a Online Alliance.

We Meet, Have Time Together, Have Meals and Sleep in Togetherness

Having time together is the primary objective of every "Men's House" concept among indigenous peoples of the world. 

The togetherness recharges, neutralises, balances, and unites at spiritual, soul and emotional levels.

We talk Stories

No mater anyone is listening or not, no mater the stories are repreated or not, no mater anyone is learning or refusing, the stories are always told, told and told, from time to time, from generations to generations, repeatedly and continuously. This is talks just for talks of stories.

We Share What we Have

Togetherness in being together, and togetherness in all good and bad times, togetherness in meals, talks and sleeps enable us to share almost everything among us, continuously.

What We Believe

We are nature and nature is us” 
(2020 Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health)

The nature is Us or We are the Nature, means we human beings are not and cannot separate ourselves from the nature, because we are parts of and we form the nature. We "are" the nature. But we are not alone, we have fellow communities of beings that come together as fellow beings that form and are "the nature". This is why all of us tribal peoples in the world never see trees, dogs, and water or mountains and air as separate objects for us to explore and exploit. Yes, modern religions do teach human superiority as created beings, but tribal peoples see ourselves as equal, inter-related and inter-dependent.  


Since the beginning of human history, we were, we are and we will always be parts of the Nature.


By nature, we mean the natural world and the nested ecosystems within it. This is the “non-built” world of water, air, earth, vegetation, and animals. Humans are part of nature and interact constantly with it in many ways—on the molecular and the larger systems level. 

<https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/nature-us>

* Nature generates and regenerates life;

*Nature nurture life;

  *Nature relaxes and refreshes life;

* Nature welcomes life after the life in bodies come to final task in this body.


Inside our mind, we Melanesians do not perceive and treat nature as separate from humans. Melanesians think, view and treat other beings as fellow beings. However, in interaction with modern concept of nature, Melanesians tend to make the distinction.


We normally feel what the spirits, plants, animals, matter or landscapes feel and even hear what they say. This is why we mostly do not speak verbally, but we speak using all senses, regardless of us Melanesian realizing and recognising it or not.

Legalizing the storylines is the way forward for Melanesian peoples to restore and preserve the stories of identities, integrity and destiny of all Melanesian peoples who represent the identities, integrity and destiny of humanity on planet Earth. Legalizing the storylines is writing "Customary Laws" belongs to clans and ethnic groups so that the people and modern nation-states where the groups live to collectively acknowledge, appreciate, protect and promote the norms, values beliefs and systems of the Melanesian peoples that passed down to us.

What We Do?

Spirit-Led Conservation Across Melanesia and Beyond
Across Melanesian archipelago, we are here to explore and document many storylines across the families, clans and ethic groups, islands and villages in Melanesia.
Across Melanesian archipelago, we are here to employ various methods and approaches to document and map the storylines : though online and offline workshops, contests, online meetings and discussion clubs, online and offline classes, critical debates and discussions.
Across Melanesian archipelago, we are here to follow those storylines and protect those sacred sites that we call here as the "Spirit Hotspots"
Across Melanesian archipelago, we are here to follow those storylines and protect those sacred sites that we call here as the "Spirit Hotspots" codifying or formalizing the Customary Laws into modern nation-state laws in order to the tribes and the government cooperate in protecting the sources of life and the hotspots that ensure life to continue.
Across Melanesian archipelago, we are here to invite all parties, all countries, all tribes, all communities of beings to participate in contribution to the vision of promoting balance in life, in order to allow harmony to reign over our lives.
Across Melanesian archipelago, we want to declare to this life that harmony is the ultimate expression of life, final destination of living, and therefore, the primary goal of this life.
Across Melanesian archipelago, we want to declare to this life that "balance in life" is the natural formula to allow harmony to reign in life.
  • Spirit-Led Conservation means conservation work based on spiritual hotspots.
  • Spirit-Led Conservation means conservation work based on spiritual hotspots that are told in our custom stories.
  • Spirit-Led Conservation means conservation work based on spiritual hotspots that are told in our custom stories and protected through Customary Laws.
  • Spirit-Led Conservation means conservation work based on spiritual hotspots that are told in our custom stories and protected through Customary Laws then codified in modern Nation-state legal system.
  • Spirit-Led Conservation means conservation work based on spiritual hotspots that are told in our custom stories and protected through Customary Laws then codified in modern Nation-state legal system. This is called "The Melanesian Way of Conservation".
  • "The Melanesian Way of Conservation". is the Spirit-Led Conservation, or Spirit-Hotspots Based Conservation, or the Indigenous Way of Conservation.

Statements of ...

  • Belief.s.. We believe that:
  • Spiritual hotspots are the sources that give, generate, nurture and welcome back life.
  • Human beings are the nature and nature is part of human being
  • The Spiritual Hotspots and their identities are elaborated at length in storylines that are descended from generations to generations.
  • Documenting and legalizing the storylines protects the sacred sites.
  • The Laws of the Nature is the Living Law for Life and Law for Living. 
  • Therefore, as part of the nature, we humans are to follow the laws of the nature.
  • Commitments....We are Committed to:
  • Document and protect the storylines of the indigenous clans and ethnic groups across Melanesia and beyond.
  • Protect sacred sites across the world as the pulses that generates, sustains and nurture life, based on the storylines.
  • Legalize the storylines to protect sacred sites in order to sustain life on Earth!
  • Care for Life though life-caring activities based on Melanesian wisdom.

    Celebrate life through festivals as the way to nurture and enrich our collective living ingredients.
  • We aim at entertaining spirits that produces life that is peaceful and joyful in order that harmony reigns over and in life.
  • Outcome....
  • Spirit is publicly acknowledged as the source of life and spirit hotspots are the energy centres that give, nurture empower and finally welcome back life, and therefore spiritual hotspots become main focus for protection in our global conservation work
  • Storylines of individual tribes-peoples or groups are documented, written and published.
  • Customary Laws are written based on the storylines, following the spiritual hotspots.
  • Live in balance with all beings is the mission,
  • Harmony of and in life is the ultimate outcome of all efforts by this life we have.

Goals & Targets

Goals

Document and legalize various storylines with their sacred sites of clans and ethic-group in Melanesia as the Customary Laws of each group

Celebrate the spirit, nature and culture through Spirit Festivals, Cultural Festivals and Nature Festivals

Targets

1. Storylines and sacred sites of at least 1,000 clans/ tribes are documented, legalized and therefore protected;

2. Spiritual, Cultural and Nature Festivals are held in Seven Melanesian Countries

3. A Model of Melanesian Way of Conservation is finalized for sharing to the global community.

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Cooperating Organisations

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Wewo Kotokay

Tribal Environmentalist, Irish-Honorary Tribesperson, Founder of THENATURE.us, Ambassador of Full Circle Foundation, Field Coordinator for Melanesian Spirit-Led Conservation Projects

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SALAM West Papua

Lembaga Sahabat Alam Melanesia, Port Numbay, West Papua, Indonesia

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MSN PNG

"Melanesian Spirit and Nature Foundation Incorporated, established in 2021, based in Port Moresby PNG

We are here to preach the Good News from Melanesia: Welcome and Celebrate Birth, Live Well, Love Well, Have Something Good for Every Person, and Die a Happy Death!
- Bernard Narokobi

Spirit-Led Conservation is the conservation work that are done when humans are being led by the spirits of places, of beings and of doings.

Spirit-Based Conservation is the conservation work that are done based on where the spirits are based or centred. 

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