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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, 1 July 2010

2 Indigenous peoples: Population5% Forest lands11% Land surface22% Biodiversity80% Carbon footprint<.1% live in marginal environments – mountains, coastal areas, polar cap, forests

3 450 projects and case studies Indigenous observations of change Role of traditional knowledge Adaptation and mitigation strategies

4 Agriculture and food security Biodiversity and natural ecosystems Animal husbandry Housing and infrastructure Forests Transport Energy consumption and production Human rights Sectors:

5 The majority of successful adaptive strategies rely in some way on traditional ecological knowledge

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 Crop diversification Shifting resource bases Changes in hunting and gathering periods

8 Blending traditional knowledge and modern technologies e.g. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; Cybertracker

9 Fire management e.g. WALFA, Payment for Ecosystem Services

10 traditional wisdom + scientific method = new partnerships + innovative ways of thinking

11 What do we need to change?

12 We urgently need to generate, interpret and use information…

13 …yet traditional knowledge is rapidly disappearing

14 Most of the worlds 6000 language groups are indigenous disappear 90% of these languages will disappear by 2020

15 Global modeling outputs / structure Improve understanding impact / response to change at local level

16 communication human ecosystem Build effective communication to incorporate community level goals and integrate human and ecosystem concerns

17 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Involve Indigenous Peoples in policy and planning

18 Published late July 2010 Requests: Advance reading copy currently available for download

19 UNU-IAS TKI Building 1, Level 3, Red Precinct Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus Ellengowan Drive Darwin, NT 0909 Australia Tel: / 7652 Fax: Web:http://www.unutki.org |


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