SP 9.7 Indigenous climate change adaptation and transformations: adapting to future challenges by learning from the past

Thursday 12 May,  11.00 – 12.45, New Orleans Room

The impacts of climate change alongside other environmental changes create new challenges and opportunities for indigenous groups worldwide. However, current discussion about climate change often do not consider how adaptation can be linked with indigenous peoples’ aspirations to attain more meaningful systems of governance. This panel session explores the ways Indigenous Knowledges (IK), values, and modes of living can be brought into conversation with Western science and governance structures to enable more sustainable adaptation initiatives. Four presentations of case studies from China, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Thailand, and Vanuatu highlight the enablers and constraints to successful indigenous-led adaptation.

Organised by  Johanna Nalau, Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Griffith Institute for
Tourism, Griffith University, Australia
Meg Parsons, School of Environment, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Alejandro Argumedo, Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPBCCA), Peru
Partners Network of Indigenous Experiences of Changing Environments (NIECE), New Zealand
Asociación ANDES, Peru
Chair Alejandro Argumedo, Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPBCCA), Asociacion ANDES, Peru
Rapporteurs Jill Huinder, Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPBCCA), Peru
Presentations

Transforming governance in Vanuatu: incorporating Kastom, cultural diversity, and complex social-ecological changes in policy-making
Paul Nalau, Vanuatu Government, Vanuatu and Johanna Nalau, Griffith University, Australia

Practical adaptation pathways through traditional governance in New Zealand and Samoa
Cilla Brown, Pacific Dance, Samoa, Meg Parsons and Karen Fisher, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Adapting to future challenges learning from the past: the IPBCCA Synthesis Report
Alejandro Argumedo, Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPBCCA) – Asociacion ANDES, Peru

Indigenous spirituality: new ethics for holistic adaptation
Mindahi Bastidas, Centre for Earth Ethics, Columbia University, USA and Co-chair, Steering Committee IPBCCA

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