Knowledge Systems

The Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) program is a UNESCO interdisciplinary initiative that promotes the inclusion of diverse knowledge systems within climate change processes. The initiative brings together expertise from the natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication & information and education to provide decision-makers with an understanding of how indigenous knowledge contributes to assessing climate change, its impacts and the range of options for community adaptation.

Climate Frontlines. A global forum for indigenous peoples and small islands. The goal of the Frontlines Forum is to promote the open sharing and exchange of observations, experiences and innovations among indigenous and local communities using its global mailing list, web portal and social media.

The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests is a worldwide network of organizations representing indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions. The work of the Alliance is divided into regional capacity building and training programs and the work of monitoring and participating in international policy processes impacting on indigenous and tribal peoples.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Bio cultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA). The main objective of the IPCCA is to empower indigenous peoples to develop and use indigenous frameworks to assess the impact of climate change on their communities and ecosystems and to develop and implement strategies for building indigenous resilience and adaptive strategies to mitigate impacts while enhancing biocultural diversity for food sovereignty and self determined development.

Pacific Risk Management Ohana Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment (IKE). Helps ensure that traditional knowledge and practices, as well as traditional peoples, are considered, addressed, and brought into the work of PRiMO.

United States National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples National Climate Assessment. The peoples, lands, and resources of indigenous communities in the United States, including Alaska and the Pacific Rim, face an array of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities. Native cultures are directly tied to Native places and homelands, and many indigenous peoples regard all people, plants, and animals that share our world as relatives rather than resources.


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