ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute


ITKI’s mission is to create an international network to study, promote and protect traditional knowledge and its innovative

use to improve ecological integrity, social cohesion and economic wellbeing

ITKI Organization Chart

ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute- was founded on the occasion of the International Conference on Traditional Knowledge and Living Heritage held in Florence from 10 to 12 July 2009, coordinated by the Maria Nobrega Foundation and by Ipogea under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, the Region of Tuscany, the City of Florence, the City of Bagno a Ripoli and the Presidency of the Association of UNESCO Heritage Cities and Sites in Italy.


The Institute mission is the data bank of the traditional techniques and sustainable technologies, ( promoted by UNESCO and ideate by Pietro Laureano with the Iconographic Traditional Technologies and Innovative System, SITTI, portal and a certification system for solutions, good practices, and quality businesses involved in the safeguard of landscapes, ecosystems, and cultural heritage.

The Maria Nobrega Foundation

The Maria Nobrega Foundation is a Founding Member of The International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI) and The Traditional Knowledge World Bank (TKWB).

The Maria Nobrega Foundation was established as a Charitable Trust with the Charity Commission in 2003. It is privately funded. It works internationally on a range of projects, which encompass the aim of promoting architectural heritage restoration, sustainable regeneration and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Sra Elizabeth Nobrega de Araujo Tsakiroglou

Actually is the international president of ITKI

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Tucson Desert Oasis Initative / University of Arizona

Tucson Desert Oasis Initative / University of Arizona

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The foundation of ITKI

The foundation of ITKI

After a long journey involving the public administrations of Tuscany (Region, Province and Local Council), the Italian Ministry of the Environment, United Nations organizations, private and non-profit foundations (Nobrega Foundation, Romualdo del Bianco Foundation,...