On the frontlines of climate change
Indigenous knowledge and its contributions to the climate change knowledge base are attracting increasing attention world-wide, both in science (e.g. IPCC, Future Earth) and in policy (e.g. UNFCCC). Climate Frontlines provides a platform to promote further understanding of indigenous knowledge and related issues in these global forums.
Transdisciplinary research networks bring together indigenous peoples, local communities and scientists to enhance capacity and support local knowledge of the environment. We build and support regional networks that include nomadic pastoralist groups in sub-Saharan Africa, reindeer herders in the Arctic and small island communities in the Pacific.
Through our mailing list and discussion forums we connect communities worldwide to exchange and share views on climate change. Key discussions can be found here.
From 2010-2013, Climate Frontlines supported research on local knowledge and climate change. Key projects can be found here.
- How nature is shaping the culture of a small island community
- On the applicability of the traditional knowledge on weather forecasting system, resource management and the survival strategies of the pastoralist Gabbra people of northern KenyaBeizifu community of Keerqin Sandy Land, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
- Subsistence farmers and fishermen observe and document steady erosion of the shoreline on their Solomon reef Island
- Northern Punjab, North Western Frontier Province, Azad Kashmir and Northern AreasKythera and Antikythera, Greece
Impacts and adaptations to climate change - Lifuka/Ha’apai local community observations and experiencesVillages of Lifuka Island, Kingdom of TongaCoastal fishermen communities in Trinidad and Tobago
Leggot Tebba Maka Go’tom: The Philippine Sama Dilaut Seanomads amidst Prolonged Global Warming and Hunger-spell.Southern Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines
Family and community adaptations to climate change: The case of the Andean Quelcaya pastoralist communityAndean Quelcaya community in Carabaya Province, Puno
Local management of climate change: community experiences in the Chiquibul-Mayas Mountains Biosphere ReserveLocal community of Chiquibul-Montanas Mayas Biosphere Reserve
The impact of climate change on the pastoral communities of the Parang and Fagaras Mountains, RomaniaPastoral communities of Parang and Fagaras Mountains, Romania
"Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic view of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change."
Technical Summary of the Working Group 2 contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report