Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge
19-21 July 2011 (Mexico City, Mexico)

United Nations University (UNU), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are co-organizing two workshops on “Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change.” The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyze relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. The workshops will provide a key opportunity to ensure that experience, sources of information and knowledge (scientific, indigenous and local), along with data and literature (scientific and grey), focusing on vulnerable and marginalized regions of the world are made available to the authors of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and the global community.

The workshop secretariat is now calling for the submission of abstracts for the first workshop, which will focus on “Climate Change Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge,” and will be held from 19-21 July 2011 in Mexico City, in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology. Submissions should be relevant to the workshop theme. Submissions are sought from researchers and knowledge holders from around the globe. Contributions from individuals and communities in developing countries and/or marginalized regions are encouraged. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 18 March 2011. A second workshop on “Adaptation, Mitigation and Traditional Knowledge” is planned for Cairns, Australia in late 2011. Read the call for abstracts … Visit the meeting webpage … Read the background note …