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Harnessing indigenous and scientific knowledge of insects to support community health and environmen

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Without museum collections we would have no permanent record of extinct animals like dinosaurs. If more insect species become extinct, examples already safely stored in a museum will be the only direct evidence that they ever existed. Biologists who study biodiversity work to answer these questions.
Achieving this inevitably requires that communities especially farmers, women and children know the insects, their behavior and roles as key members of the broad environment in which these communities live. Enhancing this type of knowledge is real essence and a community insect MUESEUM at the Jeep training Folkecenter is a SOLUTION.
Knowledge of such insects as components of biodiversity exists both as indigenous and scientific research knowledge albeit inaccessible and poorly utilized by communities who continue to suffer severe impacts of insect related health problems, nutritional loss
Setting an Insect Museum will help understand today’s world and how the past differed from the present; the relationship between insects, including humans, and their environment and how communities react to other animals with which they live. Today’s collections will show our grand-children what our world was like.

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Communities- The museum will provide tremendous benefits including education, tourism, and economic and social benefits. Facilities will be specifically designed for exhibits, media presentations, readings and discussions. The museum will provide access to local farming communities a greater understanding and concern in biodiversity conservation. It will facilities open educational conferences and trainings for farmers who advocate for improvements to communities.
Universities - it will provide an outlet for work done by students in nearly all area universities. The public will benefit from academic topics ranging from anthropology to future studies and a forum for visitors to understand the past, present and future knowledge addressing Agricultural, health or social problems that may result from way-of-life issues.
Schools and Educators- it will work to achieve the success of Natural Science, largely through school tours and activities that appeal to youth. The subject matter of the Museum will be equally important and create a significant influence in the daily lives of students, learning about life cycles of diverse insects and different cultural influences in their own lives.
Non-profit Organizations –it will serve as a hub for activities of community farming organizations, benefiting from museum facilities, services and informative exhibits and programs.
Affiliated Organizations- the Museum will affiliate with and work with influential organizations like UNESCO, National Agricultural Research Organization, and these connections will bolster the Museum access to great and meaningful programs

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