This panel focuses on practical methods of anthropological research which communicate indigenous knowledge and technologies concerning weather and climate change to a wider multi-disciplinary global community ranging from applied science, civil society, policy makers and governments.
Combating climate change is a complex issue involving many disciplines. Since the milestone Rio Earth Summit in 1992, many related global initiatives have taken place to address what is one of the most pressing issues of this century. More recently, a number of United Nations organisations and the three climate change conventions have recognised the role of indigenous knowledge and technologies in finding solutions to combat climate change, that would be implementable both locally on the ground and also translated into policies at regional government and global levels. The role of modern science and technology has also been acknowledged as an important catalyst in technology co-development. However, there is a gap in understanding how best a multi-disciplinary global community including representatives that contribute to the built environment, the natural sciences, civil society and public policy should engage with local people and gain a deeper understanding of their knowledge. This panel therefore invites contribution focused on the three main conference themes: Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change that would provide case studies on: 1. Primary response: The Co-generation of Climate Knowledge: practical methods of anthropological research focused on communicating indigenous knowledge and technologies to a wider multi-disciplinary global community. 2. Primary response: Criteria that could be adopted by the climate change conventions as well as other UN and intergovernmental organizations focused on harvesting regional climate knowledge and technologies. 3. Secondary response: Evaluation of the subject in the context of recent and proposed legislation at the global governance level such as: 1. COP 21 - The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC https://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/meeting/8926.php 2. Sustainable Development Goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html 3. Proceedings from the 3rd Scientific Conference of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 9-12 March 2015 http://3sc.unccd.int/documents-outputs/outputs