African Young Scientists issue statement on climate change and indigenous knowledge
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, 6 January 2012

GLAND, SWITZERLAND: Roundtable discussions on the role of young scientists and indigenous knowledge systems in climate change adaptation and mitigation were organized at the climate change conference in Durban by the African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AYSICCIKS). The discussions resulted in a communiqué that asserts that young people can mobilize communities to use indigenous knowledge to respond to climate change. Indigenous knowledge systems include early warning systems, such as behaviors of living organisms, short-term weather monitoring cycles, climatic variability experiences and use of appropriate livestock breeds, plant varieties, resource management practices, e.g. mixed cropping practices, and cultivation of drought resistance crops for sustainable food security. Such systems need to be documented to inform climate change research and development in order to contribute to the global body of knowledge for sustainable solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Read the release … Download the communiqué [pdf] …

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