Peru Looks to Traditional Adaptation Practices to Cope with Climate Disruption
Earth Island Journal blog, 17 August 2011

CALIFORNIA, USA: Adapting to a warmer world will require the best in modern science and engineering. It will also require us to draw on traditional sources of knowledge from rural communities and Indigenous Peoples, Emily Kirkland argues. Such is the case in Peru’s Piuraregion, where an NGO called Soluciones Practicas has worked to incorporate traditional indicators into seasonal weather predictions. Local people have always had their own ways to forecast the weather. Northerly winds in October and November, for instance, signify a dry year. Similarly, the flowering of the mango and huaranago trees can give clues about future rainfall months in advance. Soluciones Practicas combines these local indicators with official predictions from Peru’s weather agency. The resulting forecasts can be tailored to individual towns and watersheds, and are often more accurate than the official scientific projections, explained Alcides Vilela, who worked on the project. Read the post …