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Case studies on best practices and available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation

Recognizing the importance of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices, and gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation to climate change, the SBSTA, at its thirty-eighth session, requested the secretariat, under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA and in collaboration with relevant organizations, to prepare a technical paper, before SBSTA 39, on best practices and available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

To enable a robust and comprehensive review within the technical paper, the secretariat requested Nairobi work programme partners and organizations with relevant expertise and experiences to provide inputs. Below is a table containing the case studies on the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation contributed by these organizations in response to the request.

To ensure that new, relevant and useful examples are included in this database and the current entries up to date, please send your suggestions for new entries and updates to nwp@unfccc.int.

Best practices and available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation
 Title of case study  Organization  Region  Sector
pdf-icon Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (328 kB) Care International Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Caribbean and Central America, South America Non-sector specific
pdf-icon Joto Afrika: Climate communications for adaptation (348 kB) Care International Africa Non-sector specific
pdf-icon Participatory Scenario Planning (220 kB) Care International Africa Non-sector specific 
pdf-icon Interpretando la naturaleza para pronosticar el tiempo (Interpreting the nature of the weather forecast) (282 kB) Caritas (in Spanish) Caribbean and Central America Food security, agriculture and fisheries; Human health; Mountains 
pdf-icon Akwé: Voluntary guidelines for the conduct of cultural, environmental and social impact assessments regarding developments proposed to take place on, or which are likely to impact on, sacred sites and on lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous and local communities (59 kB) Convention on Biological Diversity  Global  All Sectors
pdf-icon The Tkarihwaiéri: Code of Ethical Conduct to Ensure Respect for the Cultural and Intellectual Heritage of Indigenous and Local Communities Relevant to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity (56 kB) Convention on Biological Diversity  Global  All Sectors
pdf-icon Moringa Seed Techonology in water clarification as an alternative to aluminium sulphate (292 kB) Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria  Africa  Water resources
pdf-icon Local vulnerability and adaptation assessment in rural communities in Northern Cameroon by using the “Guideline for sourcing local knowledge about adaptation to climate change in the process of municipality development planning” (211 kB) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  Africa  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry

pdf-icon Local witnesses of Climate Change – Exhibition (211 kB)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  South America Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Other terrestrial ecosystems
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
Water resources
pdf-icon MARISCO - Adaptive risk and vulnerability management and strategies for climate change adaptation in the El Sira Community Reserve Project: Biodiversity and climate change in the El Sira Community Reserve, Peru (213 kB) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  South America  Biodiversity conservation
pdf-icon Integrating indigenous knowledge for adaptation to climate change (293 kB) EGERTON UNIVERSITY, KENYA  Africa  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
pdf-icon Indigenous methods of seed storage in Nepal (377 kB) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  Asia-Pacific  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
pdf-icon Use of bocachi fertilizer to adapt to the impacts of frost in Bolivia (377 kB) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  South America   Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Mountains
pdf-icon Community-Based Fire Management (CBFiM) (312 kB) Global Fire Monitoring Center  Global  Agriculture
Forestry
Mountains
Other terrestrial ecosystems
pdf-icon Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) (313 kB) International Fund for Agricultural Development Africa
Asia-Pacific
Latin-America
Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Other terrestrial ecosystems
Water resources
pdf-icon Application of Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling to create scaled models for dialogue between farmers and nomadic indigenous peoples on climate change, adaptation and resolution of tensions over natural resource uses. (385 kB) Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee  Africa Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Human health
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Water resources
pdf-icon National adaptation platform of indigenous peoples, adaptation policy makers and national meteorological authorities (385 kB) Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee  Africa Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Human health
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Water resources
pdf-icon CRiSTAL tool (218 kB) International Union for Nature Conservation  Africa and the Arab States
Asia-Pacific
Caribbean and Central  America
Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Human health
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Water resources
pdf-icon Bibosoop plantation on wind speed, humidity, and evaporation in a traditional agricultural landscape of Korea (184 kB) Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), Korea Environment Institute  Asia-Pacific  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
 pdf-icon Ondol, Korean heating system (268 kB) Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), Korea Environment Institute  Asia-Pacific  Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
 pdf-icon Onggi, Korean Traditional Jars (198 kB) Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), Korea Environment Institute  Asia-Pacific  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
 pdf-icon Local to local dialogue (200 kB) Participatory Development Action Program(PDAP)  Asia-Pacific  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Human health
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
pdf-icon Community forestry as climate change adaptation strategy (292 kB) RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests  Asia-Pacific Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
pdf-icon Community based Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment guidelines (209 kB) Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme  Asia-Pacific Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Terrestrial ecosystems
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
Water resources
pdf-icon World Heritage – Benefits beyond borders (210 kB) UNESCO World Heritage Centre= Secretariat of the 1972 World Heritage Convention  Global Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Other terrestrial ecosystems
Water resources
pdf-icon UNESCO policy on indigenous peoples (210 kB) UNESCO World Heritage Centre= Secretariat of the 1972 World Heritage Convention  Global  Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Mountains
Other terrestrial ecosystems
Water resources
pdf-icon Agrodiversity as a tool for adaptation: the case of the Hani Rice Terraces (351 kB) United Nations University – Institute for Sustainability and Peace  Asia-Pacific Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Mountains
pdf-icon Eco-system based adaptation strategies for enhancing resilience of rice terrace farming systems against climate change (222 kB) United Nations University – Institute for Sustainability and Peace  Asia-Pacific Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Mountains
Water resources
pdf-icon Mosaic system for joining modern and traditional irrigation systems to improve production and resilience (222 kB) United Nations University – Institute for Sustainability and Peace  Asia-Pacific Food security, agriculture and fisheries
Forestry
Mountains
Water resources