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2 to 13, Dec, Madrid, Spain

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Incorporating Local Knowledge into Climate Change Adaptation policies and practices in ACP regions
Thursday 05 December 2019, 10:00am - 11:30am

Organiser(s)

Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance+ (GCCA+) Programme

Contact person(s) 

Riccardo Magini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Person(s) in charge of dissemination

Jean-Rémy Daue ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Objective

  • Showcase a selection of traditional/local climate change solutions from across ACP countries with special focus on women-led solutions;
  • Engage in technical debates on challenges and best practices to successfully incorporating traditional/local knowledge and solutions into national climate change adaptation policy and practice, specially NAPs and NDCs;
  • Identify gaps, needs and possible areas of support needed by ACP countries to incorporate traditional/local knowledge, in particular women-led solutions, into NAPs and NDCs.

Presentation

Climate change has been a challenge for many populations around the world for centuries. Like many traditional communities around the world, those of the ACP regions developed an extraordinarily broad range of knowledge about their environment and a variety of solutions “that have helped them to adapt their livelihoods to increasing uncertainty and risk. Traditional knowledge has proven to be compatible with scientific knowledge and, despite its local nature, it includes techniques that demonstrate great potential to meet the challenges of climate change expected over coming decades. However, social exclusion, lack of information systems and inadequate protection from governments mean traditional/local knowledge is slowly being eroded”.

From water management strategies to agricultural timing and production techniques, traditional practices have much to contribute to climate change adaptation processes and should participate in national adaptation strategies design and implementation. According the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Indigenous and traditional knowledge represents a “major resource for adapting to climate change”, particularly because indigenous peoples care for around 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

Through individual presentations, roundtable dialogue and interaction with the attendees, representatives from ACP governments, academic institutions, indigenous organizations and international partners will share their experiences, challenges and opportunities that the incorporation of traditional/local knowledge into climate change adaptation policy entails in each of their countries/regions. Special focus will be given to women-led climate solutions.

In particular, the Government of Guyana will share its experience in integrating traditional knowledge into policy and practice, focusing on the Traditional Knowledge Action Plan, currently under development. UNESCO will share concrete examples of its work in the Caribbean on the role of indigenous and local knowledge systems in weather forecasting, as well as its research programme running in Africa on the mobilization of Indigenous and Local Knowledge for the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Indigenous organizations will showcase best practices and challenges in ACP countries from a field perspective.

Speakers / panellists 

  • Mr. Olusola Ojo, Head of Delegation to COP25, Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
  • Mr. Horst Pilger, Head of Sector, DEVCO G2, European Commission (TBC)
  • Mr. Ghazali Ohorella, Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) (TBC)
  • Prof. Hassan O. Kaya, Director, DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Mr Nigel Crawhall, Chief of Section, Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge, UNESCO (TBC)
  • Representative from African member states (TBC)
  • Representative from Caribbean member states (TBC)
  • Representative from Pacific member states (TBC)
  • Dr. Pendo Maro, Team Leader Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme
  • Representative from the ACP Secretariat

 

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Agenda

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Time

Description

Speaker

10.00

Opening remarks

Mr. Olusola Ojo, Head of Delegation to COP25, Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

10.05

Welcoming Remarks

Mr. Horst Pilger, Head of Sector, DEVCO G2, European Commission (TBC)

10.10

Setting the scene

Mr. Ghazali Ohorella, Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) (TBC)

10.20

Gender-sensitive perspective on the indigenous knowledge - Climate change adaptation nexus (online video presentation)

Prof. Hassan O. Kaya, Director, DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

10.30

Mobilization of Indigenous and Local Knowledge for the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs

Mr Nigel Crawhall, Chief of Section, Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge, UNESCO (TBC)

10.40

Experience in integrating traditional knowledge into policy and practice

Representative from African member states (TBC)

Representative from Caribbean member states (TBC)

Representative from Pacific member states (TBC)

11.10

Discussion

Dr. Pendo Maro, Team Leader Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme

11.25

Closing remarks

Representative from the ACP Secretariat

11.30

End



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