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

Organized by UNU, IPCC, CBD Secretariat, UNDP and UNESCO, in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology, this workshop is intended to redress the shortfall of available information on indigenous peoples and marginalized populations and climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to inform the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC, which will be published in 2014. It will bring together indigenous peoples and marginalized populations experts, developing country scientists and the IPCC in the identification and selection of relevant data and literature. The overall aims of this workshop and of a second one to be held in early 2012 in Cairns, Australia, are to: advance understanding of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation with respect to indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, with particular attention to vulnerable regions; compile regional and local data that are relevant for understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, marginalized populations, developing country scientists and considering also grey literature; engage indigenous peoples, marginalized populations and developing country scientists and their research in international climate dialogues and debates; and provide policy-makers with relevant information on the vulnerabilities, knowledge and adaptive capacity of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations. Further information … Read the background note …