Enhancing resilience in the face of global change: mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge

An international conference organized by UNESCO

18-20 October 2017, UNESCO, Paris

Ahead of the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), the UNESCO Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme (LINKS) is inviting key partners and institutions to share their own successes and lessons learned in mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge for climate change. The conference seeks to facilitate transdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder knowledge platforms and climate change observing systems in key climate-vulnerable regions and create synergies with existing initiatives.

The outcomes of this meeting will feed into LINKS priority activities within the framework of the programme’s strategy on climate change and indigenous knowledge, and provide support to the UNFCCC platform discussions. The draft agenda is available here.

The LINKS programme is also simultaneously organizing an exhibition on ‘Local Knowledge, Global Goals’ supported by the Japanese Funds-In-Trust for UNESCO (JFIT) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). This exhibition aims to reflect indigenous and local knowledge systems, and their interactions with science and policy, today and in the future.

As the world changes increasingly rapidly, we explore the ways that indigenous and local knowledge contribute to understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Further details are available on the exhibition website.


  • Knowledges of Nature Series

    This series of publications represents the 'Knowledges of Nature' of the indigenous peoples and local communities.

  • Weathering Uncertainty

    This UNESCO-UNU publication is an outcome of an initiative on 'Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change'.

  • LINKS posters

    An exhaustive collection of posters of the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme is available here.

  • Mayangna Knowledge of the Interdependence of People and Nature: Fish and Turtles

    The knowledge of the indigenous Mayangna and Miskito of the Central American tropical rainforest about the local flora and fauna is extensive and in-depth. This book captures in meticulous detail the breadth and depth of indigenous knowledge about the aquatic world including a wide range of information about the 30 fishes and six turtles that frequent Mayangna waterways.

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