Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

in Africa

What do African herders observing about their weather, what are they knowing and learning about their climate, and what are they doing to adapt to change? Semi-arid areas such as those occupied by pastoral peoples across sub-Saharan Africa are already subject to variable and unpredictable weather/climate, a condition that will be exacerbated due to climate change. Capacities of national authorities to monitor and predict extreme climatic events, to convey this information to remote areas and to engage in a meaningful dialogue with rural populations can be improved when all relevant knowledge, including indigenous knowledge, is made available.

Supported by Sweden and the Japanese Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO, two components contribute to the programme:

  • Empowerment and capacity building of pastoralists to engage in science-policy dialogue
  • Transdisciplinary research that bridges indigenous and scientific knowledge on climate change to reinforce community resilience

More information on our work in sub-Saharan Africa can be found in the Climate Frontlines website in