Mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge for climate change observations and solutions: A perspective from the Caribbean region

© T photography / A group of fishermen catching fish at sunset with the net, the traditional way of fishing at the small fishing village along west coast of Martinique, Caribbean Sea. 2011.

A regional expert conference organized by UNESCO

27-29 September 2017

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. 

The conference has been postponed until early December 2017. New dates will be announced soon.


Further details are available on the conference 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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