Supporting indigenous knowledge at the Planet Under Pressure international scientific conference
When addressing global environmental change, the knowledge and priorities of indigenous peoples and local communities are seldom considered in decision-making. However, indigenous knowledge offers insights, precision and nuance, which complement science.
Recognizing that climate change adaptation must be rooted in local priorities, UNESCO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity co-convened a panel on "Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Futures" at the international science conference Planet Under Pressure, 26-29 March 2012 in London. Within the framework of their joint project Climate Frontlines, the panel brought together indigenous experts and researchers to discuss the contributions of community-based knowledge in assessing environmental change, adapting livelihoods and shaping national goals and global priorities, with case studies from the Sahel, the South Pacific, North America and the Himalayas.