Rio Conventions Pavilion: Africa Day and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Day
IISD RS Rio Conventions Pavilion Bulletin, 14 June 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: On Thursday, 14 June 2012, the Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Africa Day, and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Day. A session addressed the contribution of traditional knowledge to climate mitigation and adaptation. Panelists addressed, among others, a Conservation International project supporting the recovery and restoration of indigenous lands in the Kaingang territory in Brazil, and the UNESCO Climate Frontlines project supporting the voices of indigenous peoples and promoting TK in climate policy. Discussion highlighted the many misconceptions at the heart of mainstream approaches to supporting TK; the need for support programmes to strengthen local governance capacities; and the need to strengthen learning alliances between indigenous and academic communities. Read the Bulletin … Visit the Pavilion website …

Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Thematic session on indigenous knowledge and science
ICSU, 13 June 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Building upon the outcomes of the Planet Under Pressure session on Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Futures (London, 28 March 2012), the panel considered how global environmental governance has been and continues to be transformed by an expanding engagement amongst local and indigenous knowledge holders, the scientific community and decision-makers. The panel also explored the increasing collaborative engagement of indigenous and scientific knowledge holders in the equitable co-production of new knowledge to inform innovative solutions to complex sustainable development challenges. The session brought forward the following recommendations: Beyond acknowledging the value of indigenous knowledge, the scientific community and policy-makers should recognize and actively engage with indigenous knowledge holders as actors in their own right; science should move beyond an approach of validating and integrating indigenous knowledge, towards embracing knowledge co-design and co-production that bring scientists and indigenous knowledge holders together on an equitable and mutually-respectful basis; action to sustain the dynamism and creative force of indigenous knowledge must begin within indigenous communities and be based upon fostering sound and culturally-appropriate modes of knowledge transmission. Of particular importance is the re-design and re-orientation of formal and non-formal education to recognize indigenous languages, epistemologies and pedagogies; recognition of the diversity of knowledge systems, whether scientific or indigenous, each with their distinct histories, ontologies, epistemologies, modes of transmission and communication, value systems and worldviews, is critical for a productive engagement amongst knowledge holders that may generate innovative solutions to complex sustainable development problems; and these processes must be based upon the full and effective participation of indigenous knowledge holders, and the respect for the rights of their societies and cultures as outlined within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Further information …Download the Co-Convenors’ recommendations [pdf] …