Indigenous knowledge and climate change

International Conference, 2-3 November 2016



DAY 2 - Thursday 3 November

2 November, Wednesday

9:30 AM  to  10:45 AM

  Pastoralism and Climate Change – Part 1: Coping with change
  Co-chairs: Mike Waiwai, Department of Meteorology Geo-hazards, Vanuatu, and Annamaria Lammel, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France

  • Traditional weather forecasting among Afar pastoralists in north Eastern Ethiopia: Role in Climate Change adaptation

Mulubrhan Balehegn Gebremikael, Climate Frontlines partner, Ethiopia

  • Coping with a warming winter climate in Arctic Russia: Patterns of extreme weather affecting Nenets reindeer nomadism

   Bruce C. Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland

  • Impacts of increased climate variability on Pastoralists livelihood, Tana River, Kenya

Abdulahi Halake Wato (Orma Community), NDMA Tana River County, Kenya

10:45 AM  to  11:15 AM  Coffee/tea

 11:15 AM  to  12:30 PM

 Pastoralism and Climate Change – Part 2: Seeking opportunities and recognizing constraints and limits
 Co-chairs: Sam Johnson, United Nations University, and Fatima Arib, Chargée de mission, Sustainable Development and Great Projects, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco

  • Strengthening Sahel pastoral community resilience in Burkina Faso – Climate change and the use of traditional knowledge

Hanafi Dicko (Peul), Climate Frontlines partner, Burkina Faso
Amadou Dicko (Peul), Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INREA), Burkina Faso

  • How Sami reindeer herders conceive of extreme events

Marie Roué, Director of Research, CNRS/MNHN, France and Samuel Roturier, AgroParisTech/Université Paris-Sud, France 

  • How Evenk reindeer herders conceive of extreme events

Alexandra Lavrillier, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France and
Semen Gabyshev (Evenk), Russian Federation

12:30 PM  to  2:00 PM  Lunch

  2:00 PM  to  3:30 PM

  Adapting traditional livelihoods - coping with change and recognizing constraints and limits
  Co-chairs: Ole Kaunga, Director, IMPACT, Kenya, and Agathe Euzen, Deputy Director, Institute of Ecology and Environment of CNRS, France

  • The integration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Provincial Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policy Strategies in South Africa: Experiences from Kwazulu-Natal Province

Hassan Omari Kaya, University of KwaZulu-Natal DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, South Africa

  • Inuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Subsistence Hunting and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic

Tristan David Pearce, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

  • Tibetan Perceptions, Adaptations and Mitigations of Himalayan Climate Change: Competing Paradigms of Indigenous Knowledge and Economics

Jan Salick, Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Climate Change and Narragansett Cultural Revitalization

Cassius Spears and Dawn Spears (Narragansett Tribe - American Indian, Algonquian Group), USA

  • Indigenous knowledge, grassroots/marginalized indigenous women and climate justice

Toma Lama (Mugal), Indigenous Women Upliftment Institute (MIWUI), Nepal

3:30  to  4:00 PM  Coffee/tea

  4:00 PM  to  5:00 PM

  From Adaptation to Mitigation: recognizing indigenous peoples’ solutions
  Co-chairs: Jennifer Rubis, Climate Frontlines Coordinator, UNESCO, and Bruce Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland

  • Indigenous and local knowledge in Rice Farming of the Pidlisan Important for Climate Change Adaptation

Florence Daguitan, Tebtebba, Philippines

  • 700-year-old indigenous African soil enrichment technique as a climate-smart global sustainable agriculture alternative

Dawit Solomon, Cornell University, USA

  • Fighting fire with fire

Nolan Hunter (Bardi), CEO of the Kimberley Land Council, Australia


  5:00 PM  to  6:00 PM
  Closing Session

  Chair: Hindou Oumarou, co-chair, International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change – Indigenous caucus for COP22

  • Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment, Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment, Morocco (tbc)
  • Diego Pacheco, Vice-minister, Ministry of Planning for Development, Government of Bolivia
  • Ole Kaunga, Director, IMPACT, Kenya
  • Marie Roué, Director of Research, CNRS/MNHN
  • Douglas Nakashima, Head, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS), UNESCO



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