Building resilience to climate change through indigenous knowledge – the case of Bolivia
Kate DeAnglis, World Resources Institute, March 2013

This report notes that indigenous knowledge plays an important role in the way communities interact with their climate in many countries, particularly in Bolivia. It contributes to weather forecasting at the community level, and to the preservation of vital ecosystem functions that help to buffer communities against climate change impacts. However, the increasing incidence of extreme weather events and disasters is taking a toll. This situation calls for new partnerships between indigenous people and the scientific community – an area where Bolivia could lead the way. It is argued that collaborations between indigenous groups and scientists can improve the understanding of climate change, lead to better adaptive strategies in Bolivia and provide useful experience from which other countries can learn. Implementing policies that encourage the use of indigenous knowledge will help manage the unavoidable consequences of climate change and protect vulnerable populations. Download the brief [pdf] …