Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

Islands and coasts

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Mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge for climate change observations and solutions:

A perspective from the Caribbean region 

A regional expert conference organized by UNESCO

27-29 September 2017

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognizes indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices as a major resource for adapting to climate change (IPCC, 2014). For coastal regions and small islands, however, the contributions of local and indigenous knowledge are largely based on research and literature from the Pacific, with a research gap in other small island regions, including the Caribbean.

Contributing to the mobilization of local and indigenous knowledge in the Caribbean, UNESCO will organize a regional conference on local and indigenous knowledge and climate change to:
 
  • Provide a regional overview of the state-of-the-art of local and indigenous knowledge of the environment in the Caribbean, including tools and methodologies for working with local and indigenous knowledge
  • Understand the key regional issues, experiences and good practices for promoting local and indigenous knowledge in climate change assessment and action

Further details are available on the conference website.