The Effectiveness of Indigenous Stewardship: Climate Change and Food Resilience

03/06/2014 - 9:00am

While sidelined by most funders and policymakers, Indigenous communities are on the frontlines of climate change given their dependence on weather patterns, their seasoned observations,and their wealth of traditional knowledge. Recognition is growing that Indigenous peoples’ millennia of  experience in climate change observation, adaption and mitigation strategies are key to policies on climate change and food resilience. Indeed, the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called Indigenous peoples’ strategies ‘the way forward. This session will address the vital role funders play to bring Indigenous peoples’ contributions into high spheres of influence. Funders will learn how Indigenous peoples of Africa, South America, and Russia express their climate change observations based on complex cultural notions of being, time, space and place.