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Mobilizing Indigenous and Local Knowledge Solutions: Addressing Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities

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Caribbean regional workshop


3-5 September 2019, Georgetown, Guyana


For organizational reasons, the UNESCO-sponsored Caribbean regional workshop “Mobilizing indigenous and local knowledge solutions: addressing climate impacts and vulnerabilities”, taking place in Georgetown, Guyana, is postponed to the 3-5 September. For this reason, we extended the application deadline until the 21 June.


Like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) regions, the Caribbean is already feeling the impacts of climate change, including more extreme weather, rising sea levels, coastal erosion, salination of drinking water, coral bleaching and death, ocean acidification and other ecosystemic and biological impacts.

Caribbean local and indigenous communities are on the frontline of these impacts. Their knowledge and experiences provide insights into what environmental and scientific policies and actions are needed to foster resilience across the region.

In this context, the UNESCO-sponsored regional workshop “Mobilizing indigenous and local knowledge solutions: addressing climate impacts and vulnerabilities” provides a platform for a Caribbean-wide overview of how indigenous and local knowledge is used to address the impacts of climate change. Indigenous peoples and local communities are invited to share their experiences of anticipating and responding to different climate impacts including extreme weather events. 

The workshop proposes to focus on local and indigenous knowledge of the following themes:
A.    Livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities of the Caribbean;
B.    Observing and understanding impacts of climate change, including extreme events;
C.    Mobilizing indigenous and local knowledge in Caribbean climate change adaptation;
D.    Case studies of risk reduction, boosting ecosystem resilience, coping and recovery strategies;
E.    Multistakeholder partnerships in support of indigenous knowledge in climate change policy – Best cases and challenges

Please consult the Concept Note of the workshop for further details.


     Call for submissions

If you are interested in participating as a panel speaker in the event, please submit a case study, research, narrative or testimony that relates to one of the five themes. Case studies should focus on the greater Caribbean region, including island States and dependent territories, and coastal regions bordering the Caribbean.

Deadline for applications: 21 June 2019

The proposals can be submitted at:

         *Travel funds are available for some speakers.