Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists' and scientific forecasting systems in Africa
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Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists' and scientific forecasting systems in Africa

28-30 June 2017, Kampala, Uganda
Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists' and scientific forecasting systems in Africa

The “Workshop on Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists’ and scientific forecasting systems in Africa” has brought together experts on weather and climate from pastoralists peoples, government, and academia into a dialogue on how indigenous/local knowledge systems and scientific knowledge systems can work together in order to improve forecasting methods to address the impacts of climate change and enhance indigenous peoples adaptation.

The "Workshop on Weather and climate knowledge: synergies between pastoralists’ and scientific forecasting systems in Africa" is part of an initiative called "Knowing our changing climate in Africa". It was aimed at documenting and understanding the value of pastoralists’ knowledge systems of climate and weather, including forecasting skills and the observation of environmental changes. By doing so, the initiative worked towards the inclusion of local and indigenous knowledge in climate change policy.

As part of that effort, community research projects are being conducted in Eastern Africa with Fulani (Burkina Faso), Fulani Mbororo (Chad), Afar (Ethiopia), Samburu and Laikipia Maasai (Kenya), Maasai (Tanzania), and Bahima and Karamojong (Uganda) communities.

This workshop has facilitated a national dialogue in Uganda, on the basis of the community research projects that are being developed in that country.

This dialogue has brought together experts on weather and climate from pastoralists peoples, government, and academia into a dialogue on how indigenous/local knowledge systems and scientific knowledge systems can work together in order to improve forecasting methods to address the impacts of climate change and enhance indigenous peoples adaptation.