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Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge
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Tuesday to Thursday, 19 - 21 July 2011

Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge

Venue: Mexico City, Mexico

Co-organizers:
United Nations University
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

In collaboration with:
Mexican National Institute of Ecology


An international workshop on Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge will be convened in Mexico City, Mexico (19-21 July 2011) by the United Nations University (UNU), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE). The aim of the workshop is to identify, compile and analyze relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. The workshop will provide a key opportunity to ensure that experience, sources of information and knowledge (scientific, indigenous and local), along with data and literature (scientific and grey), focusing on vulnerable and marginalized regions of the world are made available to the authors of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and the global community.

The three day workshop will bring together indigenous peoples and marginalized populations experts, developing country scientists and the IPCC in the identification and selection of relevant data and literature. The workshops will be overseen by a panel of international scientific experts.

The overall aims of the workshops are to:

  • Advance understanding of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation with respect to indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, with particular attention to vulnerable regions.
  • Compile regional and local data that are relevant for understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, marginalized populations, developing country scientists and considering also grey literature.
  • Engage indigenous peoples, marginalized populations and developing country scientists and their research in international climate dialogues and debates.
  • Provide policy-makers with relevant information on the vulnerabilities, knowledge and adaptive capacity of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations.

A second workshop focussing on mitigation is scheduled for early 2012 in Cairns, Australia. Applications for the second workshop will be opened shortly.

The workshop is not open to the public (participation is limited to experts who were selected through a competitive international selection process).

Further information is available here.


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