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About SITTI - Iconograrphic System of Traditional and Innovative Techniques


UNESCO and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in the belief that this knowledge is essential to the preservation of places, to the protection of biological and cultural diversity, and to the dissemination of measures for mitigating desertification and climate change, have designated IPOGEA Research Center on Traditional and Local Knowledge as the implementing agency of a program of inventory, dissemination and promotion of the use of traditional techniques.


SITTI is a technical operating system through which all information under study is managed in a systematic manner. The iconographic system for cataloguing humankind’s heritage of traditional knowledge, which is divided by functional categories and types, makes it possible to form a visual picture of the knowledge and techniques that have helped create an ecosystem, and to forecast future scenarios. SITTI is not a container of undifferentiated data and evidence, it is an advanced tool that adapts well to diverse thematic analyses and to the needs of different operational contexts, forming a scheme of reference and a stimulus for recognizing and evaluating existing knowledge. SITTI makes it possible to assess ecosystem changes in relation to the disappearance or re-use of traditional techniques and to develop a variety of possible scenarios.