From the past till present, life styles of local communities, traditional characteristics and cultural landscape in the region of Thailand and Laos are water based and forming so-called ‘Water Culture’. These water cultures are reflected in their local daily lives, proverbs, metaphors, rites, rituals and traditions. The researcher investigates the matter of cultural/ natural/ environmental conservation on the Science Communication perspective using documents, interviews and dialogues with communities. This study finds that Science Communication activities could be achieved with respect for Water Cultures of the region. Mutual learning enhances good relationship and profound understanding of Water Cultures of Thai and Laos people which show similarities and differences. Local Wisdom concerning Water Culture is actually operational or problem
solving knowledge that keep local communities living in harmony with respect to one another and to nature as well as super natural beings. Strategically, it can be the foundation for natural and environmental conservation efforts amidst changes brought by modern development. New operational knowledge is derived from the co-creation between science & technology and local wisdom. Examples of such efforts are explained and shown in the poster session.

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Communicating science with respect for water culture
A case study on Thai and Laos water cultures

Sukchai Sompongpun   Rajabhat Surindra University

From the past till present, life styles of local communities, traditional characteristics and cultural landscape in the region of Thailand and Laos are water based and forming so-called ‘Water Culture’. These water cultures are reflected in their local daily lives, proverbs, metaphors, rites, rituals and traditions. The researcher investigates the matter of cultural/ natural/ environmental conservation on the Science Communication perspective using documents, interviews and dialogues with communities. This study finds that Science Communication activities could be achieved with respect for Water Cultures of the region. Mutual learning enhances good relationship and profound understanding of Water Cultures of Thai and Laos people which show similarities and differences. Local Wisdom concerning Water Culture is actually operational or problem
solving knowledge that keep local communities living in harmony with respect to one another and to nature as well as super natural beings. Strategically, it can be the foundation for natural and environmental conservation efforts amidst changes brought by modern development. New operational knowledge is derived from the co-creation between science & technology and local wisdom. Examples of such efforts are explained and shown in the poster session.

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