22.07.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience

This publication introduces the results of the research activities implemented on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydro-meteorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste between 2011-2013.

The publication begins with an introduction of the background, basic concepts and methodology used in the UNESCO project on “Strengthening the Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts” (StResCom). This is followed by Section 2, which consists of country-specific lessons and action points derived from activities implemented in the three countries, with a view to further promoting knowledge integration in the three countries in the final year of project implementation. Sections 3 and 4 are policy briefs. The first policy brief focuses on steps taken to integrate local and indigenous knowledge with science and technology to increase community resilience. “LIVE Scientific Knowledge”, a community tool for documenting and validating local and indigenous knowledge, and integrating it with science and technology, is introduced. The second policy brief describes the process of incorporating local and indigenous knowledge and science in disaster and climate change education. Different media for information, education and communication materials, and factors to take into consideration when developing such materials to ensure effective impacts, are outlined. Both policy briefs articulate specific policy actions and tools to be taken to promote the use of local and indigenous knowledge with science for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The publication ends with a set of recommendations of actions that can be taken by national and local governments, and communities.

The primary audience for this publication is national and local government entities and communities interested in promoting the use of local and indigenous knowledge and willing to take actions to integrate such knowledge with science and technology to increase coastal community resilience. Experts, academics and practitioners working in the fields of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation will also find the tools and recommended actions in the policy briefs useful, in their efforts to integrate local and indigenous knowledge in their work.

"Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience" [PDF: 2 MB]

To order a hard copy of the book, send an email to jakarta(at)unesco.org




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