Indigenous knowledge at COP22

The UNESCO Pavilion at the 2016 UN Conference on Climate Change (COP22) opened its doors on November 7th with a special day event dedicated to indigenous knowledge. A series of discussions showed that the over 400 million indigenous persons living in the world can give valuable contributions to tackle climate change.

Indigenous peoples of northern Europe, Siberia and Alaska, pastoralist communities in the Sahel, or island communities in the Pacific Ocean are highly vulnerable to the adverse climate change effects they are already experiencing. Yet they are utilizing their local knowledge produced through direct experiences over generations to respond actively to changing climatic conditions.

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