Mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge for climate change observations and solutions

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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

Call for submissions

Postponed until early December 2017. New dates to be announced soon.

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 four themes. Case studies should focus on the greater Caribbean region, including island states and dependent territories, and coastal regions bordering the Caribbean.

Presenters may be asked to contribute to a publication.

Travel funds are available for some selected speakers.

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