Indigenous people can show us how to adapt to climate change – experts
AlertNet, 24 April 2012

HANOI, VIETNAM: Indigenous communities around the world are highly vulnerable to climate change but instead of seeing them as victims, policy-makers should tap into their centuries-old knowledge of adapting to extreme weather patterns, aid workers say. In Iran, which has some 700 nomadic tribes, pastoralists have been successfully adapting to climate fluctuations for 12,000 years, development expert Catherine Razavi told an international conference on climate change. In recent years they have adjusted their migration patterns and switched to more drought resistant strains of livestock, said Razavi who is executive director of Iran’s Center for Sustainable Development. The story of Iran’s nomads was highlighted during the sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6), held from 16-22 April 2012, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up community-based adaptation; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones; health; disaster risk reduction; and vulnerable communities, including indigenous people. Read the article … Visit the CBA6 website …