Workshop on Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists’ and scientific forecasting systems in Africa

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 8:30am to Friday, 30 June 2017 - 5:30pm
Where: 
Uganda, Kampala
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
d.nakashima@unesco.org

The “Workshop on Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists’ and scientific forecasting systems in Africa” will bring together experts on weather and climate from pastoralists peoples, government, and academia into a dialogue on how indigenous/local knowledge systems and scientific knowledge systems can work together in order to improve forecasting methods to address the impacts of climate change and enhance indigenous peoples adaptation.
The "Workshop on Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists’ and scientific forecasting systems in Africa" is part of an initiative called "Knowing our changing climate in Africa". It is aimed at documenting and understanding the value of pastoralists’ knowledge systems of climate and weather, including forecasting skills and the observation of environmental changes. By doing so, the initiative works towards the inclusion of local and indigenous knowledge in climate change policy.

As part of that effort, community research projects are being conducted in Eastern Africa with Fulani (Burkina Faso), Fulani Mbororo (Chad), Afar (Ethiopia), Samburu and Laikipia Maasai (Kenya), Maasai (Tanzania), and Bahima and Karamojong (Uganda) communities.

This workshop will facilitate a national dialogue in Uganda, on the basis of the community research projects that are being developed in that country.

This dialogue will bring together experts on weather and climate from pastoralists peoples, government, and academia into a dialogue on how indigenous/local knowledge systems and scientific knowledge systems can work together in order to improve forecasting methods to address the impacts of climate change and enhance indigenous peoples adaptation.