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Presentation on Traditional Knowledge and Adaptation in Africa

  • Aeroport de Paris-Le Bourget 180 Esplanade de l’Air et de l’Espace, 93350. Paris France (map)

Organizers: Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC); Association des Femmes Peuples Autochtones du Tchad/Aboriginal Women’s Association of Chad (AFPAT)

National and regional consultations were held in Chad, Namibia, Morocco and Kenya in preparation for COP21. This event will have panel discussion on the integration of traditional knowledge in adaptation measures adopted by indigenous communities in response to climate change. The panel will represent the views of the Himba, Bor and the San with respect to livelihoods as self-adaptation to climate change and traditional knowledge as a response to changes in food security.

Featured Film:

Pastoralism and Adaptation in Chad

Directed by Souleymane Ouattara (Burkhina Faso)

Runtime 25:40 minutes

Language of the film: English

Subtitles: French

A Q&A session will follow.


  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Chairperson of AFPAT/Chad
  • Leburu Andrias, Communication Officer, Trust for Okavango Cultural and Development Initiatives (TOCaDI) (Botswana)
  • Kulunga Tjikunda, Hizetjitwa | Director, Indigenous Peoples' Organization (HIPO) (Namibia)

Moderator: Joseph Itongwa, Programme d’Intégration et de Développement du Peuple Pygmée/Program for the Integration and Development of the Pygmy People (PIDP) (DRC)

Location: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion (Auditorioum)

Contact: Mala Wicksteed,