Knowing our changing climate in Africa

 

     

 

 

Africa

What are African herders observing about their weather, knowing and learning about their climate and doing to adapt to change?
Semi-arid areas such as those occupied by pastoral peoples across sub-Saharan Africa are already subject to variable and unpredictable weather/climate, a condition that will be exacerbated due to climate change. Capacities of national authorities to monitor and predict extreme climatic events, to convey this information to remote areas and to engage in a meaningful dialogue with rural populations can be improved when all relevant knowledge, including indigenous knowledge, is made available. 
Supported by Sweden and the Japanese Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO, two components contribute to the programme: 
 
•    Empowerment and capacity building of indigenous communities 
•    Transdisciplinary research
 
 
 

Pastoralist partners

Through community-oriented research, the project prioritizes direct partnerships with indigenous peoples and their capacity-building to engage effectively with national authorities. By empowering the communities to discuss and understand how their knowledge can contribute to local resilience, the project will contribute to the inclusion of local and indigenous knowledge in climate change decision-making.

Transdisciplinary research and networks

The project will enhance global climate change policy and its supporting knowledge base through the promotion of transdiciplinary research on climate change adaptation, including through the inclusion of indigenous knowledge holders. By working with different and diverse disciplines and knowledge systems, the project will help build a robust knowledge base for adaptation decision-making.
 
 
Community research 
Through a call for proposals, pastoralist communities were invited to discuss their local situation and how sharing some of their knowledge could contribute to national adaptation planning. Seven pilot projects were selected in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and are currently in different stages of implementation 
Workshops & Events
Workshops and conferences provide an opportunity for pastoralists, researchers and governments to come together to exchange, learn and share across different knowledge systems to jointly contribute to adaptation decision-making 

‘About ten years ago, the rainy season lasted 5-6 months in this area. Our cows gave birth every year and we had an abundance of milk. Now, with a winter that lasts no more than 3 to 4 months even in good years, our cows do not give birth before they are 4 to 5 years old.’ – Maï Mani, a Lamido (traditional chief) of Mbimbé Woïla, Mbororo of Chad. 

 

Photo Credit: Hindou Oumarou