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Adaptive Pathways for the Future: Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change


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Adaptive Pathways for the Future: Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change - a presentation given at the 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference (Gold Coast, Australia | 29 Jun-1 Jul 2010).

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Adaptive Pathways for the Future: Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change

  1. 1. Adaptive Pathways for the Future : Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change Kirsty Galloway McLean United Nations University Traditional Knowledge Initiative 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, 31 June 2010
  2. 2. Indigenous peoples: Population 5% Forest lands 11% Land surface 22% Biodiversity 80% Carbon footprint <.1% live in marginal environments – mountains, coastal areas, polar cap, forests
  3. 3. 450 projects and case studies Indigenous observations of change Role of traditional knowledge Adaptation and mitigation strategies
  4. 4. <ul><li>Agriculture and food security </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity and natural ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Animal husbandry </li></ul><ul><li>Housing and infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Forests </li></ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Energy consumption and production </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights </li></ul>Sectors:
  5. 5. The majority of successful adaptive strategies rely in some way on traditional ecological knowledge
  6. 6. Intergenerational transmission of knowledge over thousands of years Traditional knowledge: Knowledge, innovations and practices of Indigenous Peoples History of effective response to changing climate
  7. 7. Crop diversification Shifting resource bases Changes in hunting and gathering periods
  8. 8. Blending traditional knowledge and modern technologies e.g. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; Cybertracker
  9. 9. Fire management e.g. WALFA, Payment for Ecosystem Services
  10. 10. traditional wisdom + scientific method = new partnerships + innovative ways of thinking
  11. 11. What do we need to change?
  12. 12. We urgently need to generate, interpret and use information…
  13. 13. … yet traditional knowledge is rapidly disappearing
  14. 14. Most of the world’s 6000 language groups are indigenous 90% of these languages will disappear by 2020
  15. 15. Global modeling outputs / structure  Improve understanding impact / response to change at local level
  16. 16. Build effective communication to incorporate community level goals and integrate human and ecosystem concerns
  17. 17. UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Involve Indigenous Peoples in policy and planning
  18. 18. Published late July 2010 Requests: Advance reading copy currently available for download
  19. 19. UNU-IAS TKI Building 1, Level 3, Red Precinct Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus Ellengowan Drive Darwin, NT 0909 Australia Tel:  +61-8-8946-6792 / 7652 Fax: +61-8-8946-7720 E-mail: [email_address] Web: |