08.04.2014 - Natural Sciences Sector

New climate change adaptation website based on traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic and Far North

The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) withthe support of the UNESCO's Intersectoral Platform on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation has developed and launched the new website 'Climate Change Adaptation: Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples Inhabiting the Arctic and Far North’. The launch of the site was dedicated to the International Mother Language Day aimed to promote preservation of the linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism and the Year of the Arctic announced by the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Traditional knowledge is reflected in the indigenous languages of the North and is an integral part of the culture, traditional way of life, beliefs and customs of these peoples. It also includes a model of relations with the environment and can be used as an important source of information in developing strategies for adaptation to climate change and to minimize the negative impact of natural disasters. Multimedia modules developed with the contribution of representatives of local communities contain a multidisciplinary body of knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the regions that have similar climatic conditions and face similar environmental problems in the Far North of Russia: Tundra Reindeer People, Chukotka Marine Hunters, Fishermen, Hunters and Herders of Kamchatka and North-East of Russia, Hunters and Herders of Eastern Siberia and Hunters of West-Siberian Taiga.

The target audience are teachers and students, representatives of local communities and indigenous peoples, and the general public. The information on the website is available in English and Russian.

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