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Addressing Climate Change with the help of Indigenous Knowledge: The Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Synthesis Report

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

Organizers: Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA); ANDES (Asociacion para la Naturaleza y el Desarrollo Sostenible), INMIP (International Network of Mountain Indigenous People) 

Indigenous peoples’ vulnerable environments, including small islands, high altitude zones, desert margins and the circumpolar Arctic are being impacted severely due to their location and reliance upon resource-based livelihoods. Local indigenous-led assessments of the specific local biocultural realities can help to the development of culturally-basedendogenous responses to the continuous challenge faced by vulnerable indigenous peoples in participating effectively in building responses to the threats they are faced with.

This session will present the experience of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA) initiative’s local climate change assessments undertaken over 5 years’ period in local biocultural systems in Asia, Africa, Northern Europe and the Americas. The IPCCA, an indigenous led and managed initiative that aims to empower indigenous peoples to build appropriate adaptation strategies and policy proposals that link into key processes across scales for indigenous climate change adaptation and mitigation responses.

IPCCA indigenous expert panelist will present results of their assessments, identifying relevant observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation produced by their Local Assessments during the 4 yr. project, which is being being synthesized and integrated into an Assessment Report. A Policy Brief with focus on COP 21 will be launched.

The IPCCA Local Assessment experience and Synthesis Report will be presented with the objective to both adding to the existing and growing knowledge and furthering the indigenous agenda within the wider climate justice and equity movement. It will present how methods, tools and processes for local assessments can integrate indigenous bio-cultural knowledge and how these can be implemented locally to empowering indigenous peoples for self-determined development with a particular focus on gender, food sovereignty and indigenous bio-cultural knowledge.

Speaker: Alejandro Argumedo, Director, ANDES (Peru)

Location: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion (Auditorium)

Contact: Alejandro Argumedo,

Earlier Event: December 3
If Not Us Then Who – Paris
Later Event: December 3
Pasifika Indigenous Network Launch