Addressing Climate Change With Indigenous Knowledge – National Geographic

Traditional knowledge must be an integral part of the global climate discourse

One important sign of the indigenous peoples being largely absent from the climate change policy and decision-making processes is the virtual lack of references to the existing traditional knowledge on climate change in the global, national, and local climate change discussions. To date, valuable insights held by indigenous peoples worldwide about direct and indirect impacts of, as well as mitigation and adaptation approaches to climate change, remain largely unrecognized. This is particularly apparent in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) Assessment Reports released every few years.

Bridging the gaps between traditional knowledge and climate science

To fill-in the gaps in available information on traditional knowledge (TK) and climate change adaptation and mitigation, and to promote respect for TK and the role of indigenous peoples in policy development, a partnership has been formed between the United Nations University-Institute for Advanced Studies’ Traditional Knowledge Initiative and the IPCC. Building on the UNU-IAS TKI’s previous work the partners have been working together to organize a series of workshops that would enable the expertise of indigenous and traditional peoples with climate change become an integral part of the next IPCC Assessment Report widely available to the global community. […]

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