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Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Mitigate Climate Change

Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Mitigate Climate Change
November 09
13:50 2017

Linking the impacts of climate change to indigenous communities around the world dominated the “Indigenous People’s Day” event  at the COP23 “Bonn Zone” in Bonn, Germany.

Fiji’s Ambassador to the European Union and COP23 climate ambassador, Deo Saran joined participants that included artists, musicians, climate activists, senior United Nations and Government officials and NGOs at this event to look at how climate change has not only impacted indigenous communities but how they are also using their own cultural and traditional knowledge to address this. This was an area that Ambassador Saran said was important in combating the impacts of climate change.

“We know firsthand, from our Pacific experience, that climate change disproportionately affects local communities and indigenous peoples who often live in and depend on fragile ecosystems. The impacts of climate change are already threatening homes, livelihoods, cultures and nations. For indigenous peoples, resilience to climate change is rooted in traditional knowledge.

Indigenous knowledge and practices can greatly contribute to advancing nature-based solutions for both mitigation and adaptation,” Ambassador Saran said.

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