The use of agrobiodiversity by indigenous and traditional agricultural communities in: Adapting to climate change
Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, May 2010

Released at SBSTTA 14, this synthesis paper draws three general conclusions from the analysis of the different ways in which indigenous and traditional agricultural communities are coping with climate change. Firstly, adapting to climate change has usually involved a range of different actions at all three levels; ecosystem or landscape, farm or agricultural system, and involving both inter- and intra-specific diversity. Secondly, innovation based on both traditional knowledge and new information has been important, and social (e.g. community) cultural and political dimensions have played a key role. Thirdly, use of traditional crop and livestock species and varieties, with new materials where necessary, has been a common feature. From these follow a number of specific conclusions that can provide a basis for action to support adaptation by indigenous and traditional agricultural communities, including that: the need to adapt to climate change has often led to the revival of traditional practices and agricultural systems; and the continuous process of innovation required involves the use of traditional knowledge combined with access to new knowledge. Download the publication [pdf] …