Indigenous knowledge and climate change

International Conference

2-3 November 2016



DAY 1 - Wednesday 2 November

8:30 AM  to  9:30 AM    Registration

→ DAY 2 - Thursday 3 November

  9:30 AM  to  11:00 AM

  Opening Ceremony
  Co-chairs: Grace Balawag, Tebtebba, and Mutapha Jlok, Conseil National des Droits de l’Homme, Morocco

  • Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-general for the Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Hindou Oumarou, Co-chair, International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change - Indigenous Caucus for COP22
  • Driss El Yazami, President, National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and Member, COP22 Steering committee
  • Agathe Euzen, Deputy Director, Institute of Ecology and Environment of CNRS, France

11:00 AM  to  11:30 AM   Coffee/tea

  11:30 AM  to  1:00 PM

  Indigenous Worldviews and Global Change
  Co-chairs: Florence Daguitan, Tebtebba, Philippines, and Salah Khaled, Director, UNESCO Rabat Office

  • Understanding climate change: local knowledge / global minds

Annamaria Lammel, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France

  • Climate Change Otherwise: Indigenous Knowledge and the Coloniality of Reality

Anders Burman, Lund University, Sweden

  • From Thief to Igloo Builder: Participatory Digital Research on Climate Change with and for indigenous communities in Canada

Ian Mauro, University of Winnipeg, Canada

  • The Bahima pastoralists’ knowledge of environmental change

Elizabeth Katushabe (Bahima), Climate Frontlines partner, Uganda

1:00 PM  to  2:30 PM  Lunch

  2:30 PM  to  3:30 PM 

  Observing and understanding the impacts of climate change
  Co-chairs: Hanafi Dicko, Climate Frontlines partner, Burkina Faso, and Alexandra Lavrillier, University of Versailles-St Quentin, France

  • Local knowledge of water and climate change in Moroccan oases

Bachir El Faouzi, Maître de l’eau, Morocco
Moutik M’bark, Office national du conseil agricole ; Centre de conseil agricole de Bouizakarne, Morocco

  • Pastoralism, climate change and traditional knowledge: the case of southern Morocco

   Anzed Mohammed (Amazigh), Morocco
   Boubaker Lyadib (Association Tamaynut), Morocco

  • Analysis of gender conditions and women’s vulnerability in the face of climate change in the Ourika watershed, Morocco

Sara Benbrahim and Abdellatif Khattabi, Project GIREPSE (Projet sur l’adaptation au changement climatique dans le bassin de Tensift par une gestion améliorée du bassin versant et le paiement pour les services environnementaux), Morocco

3:30 PM  to  4:00 PM  Coffee /tea

  4:00 PM  to  5:30 PM

  Observing and understanding the impacts of climate change
  Co-chairs: Cassius Spears, Narragansett Tribe, USA, and Marie Roué, CNRS/MNHN, France

  • Documentation of local indigenous knowledge and practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation of agrarian communities in Tanzania

Pamela Levira, Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Tanzania

  • The confluence of indigenous and scientific knowledge of managing water and mediating conflicts in Burkina Faso

Carla Roncoli, Emory University, USA; Ben Orlove, Columbia University, USA; Brian Dowd-Uribe, University of San Francisco, USA; Moussa Sanon, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso

  • Combining traditional knowledge with modern scientific methods to aid adaptation in Vanuatu

Mike Wai-Wai, Department of Meterology Geo-hazards, Vanauatu

  • Biocultural innovations for climate resilience

Krystyna Luna Swiderska, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK


  6:30 PM  to  8:00 PM

  Welcome Cocktail



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