A joint effort of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, UNESCO and United Nations University
UNESCO and UNU are pleased to announce the launch of the publication:
Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation
In the run-up to Rio+20 and in the framework of the UNESCO/ICSU Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and its session on ‘Indigenous knowledge and science: from recognition to knowledge co-production.’
When: 13 June 2012 from 17:30-18:00
Where: Pontifical Catholic, Rua Marquês São Vicente, 225, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When considering climate change, indigenous peoples and marginalized populations warrant particular attention. Impacts on their territories and communities are anticipated to be both early and severe due to their location in vulnerable environments. There is therefore a need to understand the specific vulnerabilities, adaptation capacities and longer-term aspirations of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities the world over. Indigenous and traditional knowledge contribute to this broader understanding.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fourth Assessment Report recognized traditional knowledge as ‘an invaluable basis for developing adaptation and natural resource management strategies in response to environmental and other forms of change.’ Despite this recognition, indigenous knowledge has remained largely outside the scope of IPCC assessments.
In order to strengthen consideration of indigenous knowledge in IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (5AR), to be released in 2014, this publication draws the attention of Authors of the 5AR and climate policy makers to the rapidly growing scientific literature on the contributions of indigenous and traditional knowledge to understanding climate change vulnerability, resilience and adaptation.
A limited number of print copies were distributed at the launch. The publication is now available for download at the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative website and www.ipmpcc.org
For information on the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, please go to: http://www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum
For information on the publication and launch, please contact:
Ms Jennifer Rubis, j.rubis[at]unesco.org (onsite in Rio de Janeiro and for English and French media queries)
Ms Ameyali Ramos Castillo, ramos[at]ias.unu.edu (Washington DC, USA and for English and Spanish-language media queries)
Ms Kirsty Galloway McLean, g_mclean[at]ias.unu.edu (Melbourne, Australia)
For more information on the intiative and partners, please see:
Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
GEF UNDP Small Grants Programme
UNESCO – Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (also see www.climatefrontlines.org)
United Nations University – Traditional Knowledge Initiative