Building Indigenous Knowledge into Climate Change Assessment and adaptation

When, local time: 
Monday, 22 September 2014 -
1:15pm to 2:45pm
Where: 
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
j.rubis@unesco.org; a.persic@unesco.org

In conjunction with the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and the UN Secretary General’s Summit on Climate Change, UNESCO, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations University Traditional Knowledge Initiative, is organizing a side event to stimulate discussion and analysis of the current status of indigenous knowledge within intergovernmental processes and to identify what needs to be done to move from recognition to action.

Access to the ‘best available knowledge’ is often cited as an essential requirement for environmental decision-making. Until recently, however, assessments have remained entirely science-based, and have ignored or at best misinterpreted, other knowledge sources such as indigenous knowledge, despite their central role in community-based resource management and local resilience. While great strides have been made in the last decade towards recognizing the need to include local and indigenous knowledge, major questions remain about how science and indigenous knowledge can be brought together in assessment processes in an effective and appropriate manner.

At this UNESCO side-event, indigenous peoples and scientists will review the current status of indigenous knowledge in global environmental assessment processes, and identify strategic next steps to ensure that diverse sources of knowledge can come together in an effective and culturally appropriate manner to better inform environmental understanding and decision-making.

Participants must register.