African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge

From 15 –17 August 2011 an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems will be held in Johannesburg.

Despite being the most vulnerable continent to climate change, African countries are not effectively participating in the search for sustainable solutions against its adverse effects and their contribution to the global pool of knowledge is very minimal. Research on climate change adaptation and mitigation has not been informed by the existing wealth of indigenous knowledge nor has it focused much on validating/affirming indigenous knowledge systems. There have also been very limited concerted efforts to solicit the opinions and initiatives of students and the youth, especially from the south, as an important sector of the global academic community. It is in this recognition that the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, in collaboration with its partners is organizing an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To create an international platform for students and youth to exchange ideas and experiences in the field of climate change research and the role of indigenous knowledge systems in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • To facilitate the building of a sustainable Young African Scientists Network on Climate Change research initiative;
  • To inform the formulation of the African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change (AYSICC) based on indigenous knowledge systems.

The conference themes are:

  • The Role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation;
  • Climate change and vulnerable groups (women, children, disabled, etc,);
  • Climate change, food security and health;
  • Climate change, Migration and social conflicts;
  • Climate change, land, water and other natural resources management;
  • Climate change and biodiversity management and conservation.

For more information visit the conference website

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