Building indigenous knowledge into climate change assessments: a roundtable discussion

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: 
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Donara Sydeeva-Blanc (d.sydeeva-blanc@unesco.org), Jen Rubis (j.rubis@unesco.org) and Ana Persic (a.persic@unesco.org)

Indigenous knowledge and its contributions to the climate change knowledge base are attracting increasing attention world-wide. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its Fifth Assessment Report, concluded that these knowledge systems, ‘including indigenous peoples’ holistic views of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change’. Local observations and knowledge of weather and climate variability also provide important insights into climate change impacts. However, they ‘have not been used consistently in existing adaptation efforts’.

The roundtable will bring together experts working on climate change and indigenous knowledge to discuss update on the status of indigenous knowledge as it is reflected within major climate change assessments and research initiatives, provide updates on major indigenous initiatives on climate change, and provide recommendations.

Pre-registration is required due limited space and building security protocols. If you would like to attend, please send your request (along with your name and affiliation) to Donara Sydeeva-Blanc (d.sydeeva-blanc@unesco.org), Jen Rubis (j.rubis@unesco.org) and Ana Persic (a.persic@unesco.org). Deadline for registration is 19 September 2014.