Pastoralist Knowledge, Weather Forecasting and Climate Change Adaptation Workshop, 7-9 November 2011, Chad

A workshop in Ndjamena, Chad will take place from 7-9 November 2011 to investigate ways in which to anchor climate change adaptation policy within both science and traditional knowledge.

The workshop will bring together African pastoralists and climate service providers to discuss how traditional rural knowledge systems and adaptation strategies can interact with meteorological science in order to provide information for climate change adaptation as well as for more locally accurate weather forecasts.

This event is part of a multi-stakeholder collaboration, led by the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and in-line with the Cancun Adaptation Framework. It is aimed at bringing African pastoralists, conservation scientists, meteorologists and African policy makers together into a dialogue about their knowledge systems, their needs, and the possibility of enhancing two-way flows of data, knowledge and information necessary to achieve appropriate adaptive responses and long-term planning.

The workshop in Chad follows a side event to the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn in July 2011, entitled “Linking Traditional & Scientific Knowledge Systems for Weather Forecasting and Policy Response”. This event brought together representatives and speakers from various disciplines to discuss the link between traditional knowledge and science for climate change adaptation and weather forecasting.

The results of both events will be shared at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP17) in December 2011.

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