22.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Regional Workshop on Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge related to Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation with Scientific Knowledge: Lessons learned, held in Manila, Philippines, 18-21 April 2013


The workshop was co-organized with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and was co-funded by the Japanese Government through its Japan Funds-in-Trust (UNESCO-JFIT) and by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).

The workshop was held as an activity to conclude the second phase of “Strengthening Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts (StResCom)” project, a three-year project funded by UNESCO J-FIT, and was an activity of “Capacity-building to strengthen resilience of coastal and small island communities against impacts of hydro-meteorological hazards and climate change”, a one-year project funded by the APN. Thirty-three people representing researchers, scientists, government representatives, local and national NGOs, and members of local communities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor Leste attended the workshop. The participants benefitted greatly by the expertise provided by Japanese experts.

The objectives of the workshop were to share challenges, experiences, and lessons learned in the process of developing and piloting self-assessment tools for communities as well as in developing educational and awareness-raising materials, and to discuss and finalize workplans of activities to be conducted in the third phase of StResCom project. On the first day, the workshop participants had a field trip to Angono, Rizal, one of the project’s field sites in the Philippines. During the field trip, the participants were welcomed by the mayor of Angono, and exchanged views and shared experiences with local government officials, local NGOs and members of the community in dealing with impacts of hydro-meteorological hazards.

On the second day, the participants from three countries shared experiences and lessons learned while developing and piloting self-assessment tools for communities to identify, validate, and assess local and indigenous knowledge (LINK). Discussions focussed on identifying gaps of tools developed by each country, and on how a common set of tools could be developed that could be used by other CSI communities to integrate LINK with scientific knowledge for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. On the third day, the participants presented the educational & awareness-raising materials that integrate LINK with science. Discussions were held on the development of draft guiding principles for developing such materials, and of a strategy to effectively disseminate the materials.

On the last day, the three country teams had discussions to develop the workplans for the phase three of StResCom, which is expected to commence in July 2013 and finish in June 2014. The expected outputs the third phase of the projects are:

  • educational & awareness-raising materials strategically disseminated
  • importance of LINK for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation demonstrated in pilot communities through using self-assessment tools
  • capacities of government entities and scientists built to incorporate LINK in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies in each country
  • advocacy campaigns implemented to encourage use of LINK for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation lessons learned and “good practices” widely shared among coastal and small island communities in the region.

For more information on the StResCom project, please contact Ms Lisa Hiwasaki (l.hiwasaki[at]unesco.org) or click here

Related links:
LINKS (Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems)

Indigenous Peoples and UNESCO

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