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Climate Change Adaptation

In 2012, Charapa Consult coordinated a collaborative research project in Africa on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change in Africa. The research partners were:

  • Legal Assistance Center coordinating research undertaken in Namibia with the Topnaar and the Hai||om communities;
  • Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Organization coordinating research in Kenya in partnership with three community-based organizations, namely the Centre for Pastoral Development, the Ogiek Peoples Development Programme and The Friends of Lake Turkana conducting studies of the Maasai in Narok North, the Ogiek in  the Mau Forest complex and the Turkana in Turkana Central
  • Rainforest Foundation UK, coordinating research in the Republic of Congo, with Babongo and Bayaka/Baka communities, in collaboration with Forum pour la Gouvernance et les Droits de l’Homme, the Association pour la défense des droits des peuples autochtones, and Association BaAka.

The objectives of the research were to:

  • Analyze and document how indigenous peoples are affected by climate change;
  • Identify indigenous peoples’ local and traditional knowledge, practices and adaptation strategies that are critical to minimizing the adverse impacts of climate change; and
  • Support strengthening of indigenous peoples’ capacities for their engagement and direct participation in the formulation of national and international public policies regarding climate change.

The research was funded by the World Bank Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development.

The following documents are available for download: