Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

2-4 November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco


Deadline for Submission: EXTENDED TO 9 September 2016

UNESCO and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-France), in partnership with Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Tebtebba, will organize an international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change. Indigenous peoples, scientists and governments are invited to a transdisciplinary dialogue to better understand the role that indigenous and local knowledge can play, alongside science, in observing and responding to the impacts of a changing climate.  Also how climate change policy, programmes and tools can create a space for indigenous and local knowledge in order to reinforce efforts to strengthen local resilience. The conference will bring together some of the world’s best experts from indigenous peoples, researchers and governments. Speakers will provide testimonies about how local communities are grappling with impacts exacerbated by climate change, their efforts to adapt but also the constraints and limits that they are facing, and case studies that highlight how indigenous and local knowledge can be sources of renewed understanding, resilience and resistance.

Sessions will be organized around the following themes:

  • Observing and understanding the impacts of climate change, including extreme events 
  • Adapting traditional livelihoods – coping with change, seeking opportunities, and recognizing constraints and limits
  • Mitigation:  from impacts on indigenous lands to recognizing indigenous peoples' contributions
  • Climate change and the ontologies/worldviews of indigenous peoples and scientists

Note that a special funding window will be available for speakers on the theme of “pastoral peoples, local and indigenous knowledge, and climate change” in Africa or the Arctic/Subarctic


Do you want to make a presentation?

If you want to contribute to the conference, we have a call for presentations open now. We welcome presentations on the conference theme from:

  • Experts and representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Academics, researchers and NGOs who are working with indigenous peoples and local communities on climate change issues
  • Government representatives including national ministries, adaptation planners at sub-national and national levels, and/or meteorology departments, amongst others, who are involved in climate change policies or practices affecting or involving local communities

Please click here to access the form. 

La version française est disponible ici.

La versión en español está disponible aquí.

Deadline for Submission: EXTENDED TO 9 September 2016

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