Indigenous knowledge and sustainable futures: community-based evaluations of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and innovations
A panel at Planet Under Pressure 2012 international science conference, 28 March 2012 (London, UK)

Recognizing that climate change adaptation must be rooted in local priorities, UNESCO and the CBD Secretariat co-convene a panel on “Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Futures” at the international science conference Planet Under Pressure, held from 26-29 March 2012 in London. Within the framework of their joint project Climate Frontlines, the panel brings together indigenous experts and researchers to discuss the contributions of community-based knowledge in assessing environmental change, adapting livelihoods and shaping national goals and global priorities, with case studies from the Sahel, the South Pacific, North America and the Himalayas. The moderated discussion session will seek to advance global sustainability by building synergies among knowledge systems so as to enhance equity and effectiveness of environmental governance. Panel case studies include: Linking African pastoralist and scientific knowledge: Mbororo in Chad by Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad; Local knowledge and environmental fluctuations in the Western Pacific: new approaches to sustainability and climate adaptation in Vanuatu by Dr. Carlos Mondragón, El Colegio de México; The observations of Navajo elders and the refining of our understanding of conventional scientific records by Dr. M.H. Redsteer, US Geological Survey; Dr. K.B. Kelley, Navajo Nation & H. Francis, Navajo Nation; and Supporting and Mainstreaming Transhumance-agropastoralism in Policy and Development: an Option for Climate Change Adaptation by Mr. Lila Nath Sharma, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Questions for the panel can be emailed at: peoples@climatefrontlines.org. Visit the Climate Frontlines webpage on the panel, including abstracts of case studies …

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