Indigenous Leaders call upon the IPCC to Respect Indigenous Knowledge
IPCCA press release, 3 October 2011

HELSINKI, FINLAND: The Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA) Initiative has released the Sevettijarvi Declaration, adopted at a meeting of representatives of indigenous peoples’ local assessments held from 25-30 September 2011, in Sevettijarvi, Finland. The gathering called upon the international community to remove scientific bias against indigenous knowledge from climate change science and policy. The Declaration calls on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to make all efforts necessary to include indigenous knowledge and local perspectives in its assessment processes. During the meeting, IPCCA members shared emergent findings from their local assessments and discussed adaptation and mitigation options for indigenous peoples, integration of biocultural dimensions in assessments, and approaches and strategies for addressing climate change; and developed recommendations for future actions. The IPCCA network will be releasing a synthesis report of the results of local assessments in 2012. Read the press release … Download the declaration [pdf] …