25.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Expert meeting on Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change in Africa

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UNESCO' engagement with indigenous peoples is reflected in a new expert meeting on indigenous knowledge applied to climate change adaptation, in Nairobi on 27 to 28 June 2018

How do pastoralist knowledge systems contribute to African Climate Change adaptation and resilience? How can indigenous and scientific knowledge reinforce national adaptation plans?

These questions will be answered by the upcoming Expert meeting on Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change in Africa, gathering both experts from pastoralist knowledge holders and meteorologists, adaptation specialists and national decision makers.

The conference will highlight the knowledge of pastoralist communities, focusing on how pastoralist knowledge systems contribute to African Climate change adaptation, and how scientific and pastoralist communities can actively work together to strengthen adaptation planning.

Accurate, relevant and accessible climate information is crucial to achieve sustainable development and to create opportunities to resolve climate challenges through knowledge co-production, comprising holistic observations of environments, weather, climate, ecosystems and biodiversity, and the interrelationships between them.

Moreover, the Paris Agreement and the IPCC 5th Assessment Report highlight the extraordinary collaboration that needs to be established and nurtured between indigenous and scientific knowledge in effective climate change action, with the aim of embedding meteorological climate services in national development strategies.

The meeting, supported by the Government of Japan and Sweden, is part of a four-year UNESCO project in Natural Sciences, with the objective of fostering Transdisciplinary Research on Climate Change Adaptation for Vulnerable Indigenous Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and building capacity of pastoralists in LDCs in Africa: Reinforcing Indigenous Knowledge in climate change adaptation planning.

Venue: Trademark Hotel, Village Market on Limuru Road – Nairobi, Kenya

Dates: 27 to 28 June 2018

More on:

What is Local and Indigenous Knowledge?

UNESCO’ Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS): Local Knowledge Global Goals

UNESCO: Science for a sustainable future

UNESCO: Science for Society

Publication: Knowing your land and resources: Indigenous and Local Knowledge of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Africa

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