Indigenous Peoples as Observers and Knowledge-holders about Global processes of Environmental Change. With a focus on the circumpolar Arctic and Subarctic
In recent years, there has been growing recognition of indigenous peoples and local communities as astute observers and holders of relevant knowledge about rapidly transforming environmental, including due to global climate change.
At the international level, the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC) recognized in the Summary for Policymakers of their Fifth Assessment Report (2014) that ‘indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic view of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change’. Similarly, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is operationalizing a Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform, established under the Paris Agreement (2015), in order to bring these knowledge sets into climate change decision-making.
In the face of this expanding recognition, the proposed experts meeting will examine epistemological, ontological and methodological challenges of mobilizing indigenous peoples’ knowledge, alongside scientific knowledge, to address environmental transformations.