IUCN - Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Assessment

Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Assessment

03 August 2011 | News story

Since 2009, the IPCCCA has grown into a global network of indigenous organizations and communities collaborating in order to build appropriate responses to the challenge of climate change. On the ground nine local biocultural assessments of climate conditions and trends are being undertaken using local frameworks and methods and are leading towards visioning for development of life plans for adaptation strategies, which will ensure Buen Vivir (well-being).  

Lessons learnt are being compiled into a Special Report to feed into the IPCC AR5th, providing a holistic indigenous view of adaptation and mitigation of climate change through biocultural processes.

In its latest strategic development the IPCCA is coordinating development of a Central American program.

Through collaboration with the URACCAN indigenous university of Nicaragua, UNDP country offices and indigenous networks in Central America the program will support a number of local biocultural assessments in three countries (Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua) to begin with. Further, academic curricula for training indigenous students in inter-cultural assessment methodologies will link into indigenous knowledge networks. Links with indigenous and environmental networks will build capacity for strengthening resilience in the region and provide practical tools for adaptation and mitigation. This regional model for linking across scales, methodologies, knowledge systems and policy responses can potentially serve to scale-up the IPCCA process into other vulnerable regions.

Upcoming events include a workshop on Indigenous Knowledge in times of Rapid Change during the Society for Ecological Restoration conference to be held in Merida, Mexico on August 24; an IPCCA Synthesis Reporting workshop to be hosted by the Saami in Finland September 24-29; a side-event at the UNFCCC Panama talks on biocultural protocols for building REDD+ safeguards in the first week of October; and, participation in preparatory meetings for the COP 17 of the UNFCCC in Durban.