STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN GABBRA OF NORTHERN KENYA
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STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN GABBRA OF NORTHERN KENYA

ON THE APPLICABILITY OF THE TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ON WEATHER FORECASTING SYSTEM, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND THE SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE PASTORALIST GABBRA PEOPLE OF NORTHERN KENYA
STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN GABBRA OF NORTHERN KENYA

The Gabbra pastoralist communities inhabit the vast semi-arid region of northern Kenya and share an intricate relationship with their land and resources. They herd camels, cattle, sheep and goats over a harsh landscape that encompasses lava boulders and salt-covered deserts. Gabbra use seasons and calendar, phenology, astrology, “entrailology” (the use of animal entrails to predict the future), divining, animal behaviour to determine their course of action to detect natural calamities and thus cope with environmental challenges. Disaster preparedness depends on cycles of events that are predictable and effective response depends on re-encountering history ? Argaa dageeti (things that have ever been seen and heard). Though pastoralists have evolved effective coping mechanisms to the long historical effects of rain failures, they have observed strange phenomena that are posing new challenges. The project, proposed by the National Museums of Kenya seeks to research and document local observations of environmental change. In addition, they will conduct investigations on the how these observations affect traditional coping strategies of the Gabbra, carry out a historical analysis of traditional early warning indicators of impending drought conditions and other disasters and understand how ceremonies of the Gabbra people are impacted by changes in weather and climate.

 

  • Region: Africa
  • People/Coummunity: Gabbra, Ethiopia
  • Proponent: Hussein A Isack
  • Date: March 2010 to February 2011
  • Topics: knowing and observing of weather, storytelling and climate change