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Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities

Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta. 2014
  • Local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience. A project officially launched in 2011 focussing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydrometeorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. This publication begins with an introduction of the background, basic concepts and methodology used in the project; followed by Section 2, which consists of country-specific lessons and action points derived from activities implemented in the three countries, with a view to further promoting knowledge integration in the three countries in the final year of project implementation. Sections 3 and 4 are policy briefs. The first policy brief focuses on steps taken to integrate local and indigenous knowledge with science and technology to increase community resilience. The second policy brief describes the process of incorporating local and indigenous knowledge and science in disaster and climate change education. The publication ends with a set of recommendations of actions that can be taken by national and local governments, and communities. The audience includes national and local government entities and local communities, experts, academics and practitioners working in the fields of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor-Leste
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Communication, Disasters, Dissemination of scientific knowledge, Education, Gender, Information and data, Resilience, Risk management, Small islands, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerability
  • Main target audience: Academia, Community, Governments, Local communities, Local governments, National administrations, Practitioners, Scientists
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Impact evaluation, Reporting on project findings/outputs, Stimulate debate
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Glossary, Recommendations
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Published in 2015