In What Ways Did Indigenous People Adapt To Or Change Their Environments In Order To Support Their Societies? (2023)

1. Indigenous Peoples and the nature they protect - UNEP

  • 8 Jun 2020 · How are Indigenous Peoples affected by changes in climate, biodiversity and ecosystems? Due to their subsistence economies and spiritual ...

  • At least a quarter of the world’s land area is owned, managed, used or occupied by Indigenous Peoples. While nature in these areas is degrading less quickly than in others, the impact of climate and ecosystem change has a direct impact on local livelihoods.

2. Indigenous people and nature: a tradition of conservation - UNEP

  • 26 Apr 2017 · Their traditions and belief systems often mean that they regard nature with deep respect, and they have a strong sense of place and belonging.

  • In the culture of the Maori people of New Zealand, humans are deeply connected with nature; the two are equal and interdependent, even kin. The idea is reflected in the Maori word ‘kaitiakitanga’, which means guarding and protecting the environment in order to respect the ancestors and secure the future.

3. Supporting Indigenous adaptation in a changing climate | Elementa

  • 9 Jun 2021 · Indigenous peoples are both disproportionately threatened by global climate change and uniquely positioned to enhance local adaptive ...

  • Indigenous peoples are both disproportionately threatened by global climate change and uniquely positioned to enhance local adaptive capacities. We identify actions that support Indigenous adaptation based on organizational and community perspectives. Our data come from two Indigenous organizations that share cultural heritage stewardship missions—the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre (Stó:lō Nation, British Columbia) and the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation (White Mountain Apache Tribe, Arizona). These organizations collaborated with us in exploring community perceptions of climate effects, investigating community adaptation opportunities and constraints, and identifying actions that support Indigenous adaptation. Research methods included engagement with organizational collaborators and semi-structured interviews with organizational representatives and community members and staff. Results confirm that Stó:lō and Apache territories and communities have experienced climate change impacts, such as changes in temperature, hydrology, and increase in extreme weather events. Climate effects are cumulative to colonial depletion of traditional environments and further reduce access to traditional resources, practices, and food security. Results indicated that certain actions are identified by community members as adaptation enablers across case studies—most prominently, perpetuation of Indigenous culture and knowledge, climate education that is tailored to local contexts, collaborative decision-making among community institutions, and integration of climate adaptation into ongoing organizational programs. We conclude that Indigenous-owned organizations are engaged in the expansion of adaptive capacity and hold potential to further support their communities.

4. Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples' Sustainability

  • 23 Apr 2021 · Opportunities for indigenous peoples' sustainability. Indigenous peoples contribute in a myriad of ways to respond sustainably to climate change ...

  • Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. Its effects, however, are disproportionately distributed, in particular affecting vulnerable and socially marginalized population groups. Indigenous peoples are among the first to face the direct impacts of global warming on the ecosystems or landscapes they inhabit, owing also to their dependence upon, and close relationship with the environment and its resources. Examples of the negative impacts include diseases associated with increasing temperatures such as, vector-borne and water-borne diseases; drought and desertification leading to forest fires and the loss of forests; excessive rainfall resulting in the damage of grasslands, seedlings and other crops; rising of rivers and melting mountain snow, glaciers and sea ice due to higher temperatures affecting livelihoods; increase of new types of insects and lengthened life spans of endemic insects exacerbating food insecutity; and coastal erosion by rising in sea level affecting the economies of small island States. Furthermore, many indigenous peoples are becoming environmental refugees due to the increased frequency and intensity of these and other climatic hazards such as floods, hurricanes and typhoons that destroy indigenous peoples’ land and property. They also suffer serious human rights abuses due to the expropriation of lands for biofuel plantations or due to the implementation of climate change mitigation projects such as carbon sinks and renewable energy projects.

5. Climate Change | United Nations For Indigenous Peoples

6. 5 key aspects on the migration of indigenous peoples

  • In many cases, the migration of indigenous peoples arises due to these cultural pressures and the new conditions of industrialized and globalized life. Within ...

  • The number of people who decide to migrate is continually increasing. However, the experience of indigenous people has been systematically excluded from...

7. Adaptation measures to sustain indigenous practices and the use of ...

  • These adaptation methods are a product of the communities' priorities, knowledge and capacities which allow them to plan and cope in the midst of climate change ...

  • This article examines adaptation measures used to sustain indigenous practices and the use of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) to adapt to climate change in Mutoko rural district of Zimbabwe. Community-based adaptation is able to reduce the vulnerability ...

8. in what ways did indigenous people adapt to or change their ...

  • 59 minutes ago · ... indigenous people adapt to or change their environments in order to support their societies? ... How Will Native Americans in the Southwest Adapt ...

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9. Indigenous Peoples: Defending an Environment for All

  • 22 Apr 2022 · In contrast with models of individual ownership, privatization, and development that have led to climate change, pollution, land degradation, ...

  • International environmental negotiations need to go beyond tokenistic participation of Indigenous Peoples to a genuine integration of their worldviews and knowledge.

10. The role of indigenous peoples in combating climate change - Nature

  • 22 Aug 2017 · If indigenous communities are successful in maintaining control of their territories and can preserve their customs, their traditions and their ...

  • Until the twenty-first century, indigenous peoples were viewed as victims of the effects of climate change, rather than as agents of environmental conservation. Representatives of indigenous peoples have in fact since 2008 been actively seeking a role in contributing to combating climate change through their participation in international environmental conferences, as well as by means of activism and political engagement at local and national levels. Using examples from the Amazonian region in the east of Ecuador, home to indigenous communities such as the Huaorani, Sápara and Sarayaku Kichwa originary peoples, this article argues that indigenous peoples, particularly forest dwellers, have a dual role in combating climate change. First, colonized forest peoples have continued to resist the occupation and deforestation of lands they have lived in for centuries; second, a number of indigenous forest communities have since the 1990s become aware of their responsibility to protect the forests in the interests of combating climate change. They have recognized the potential for their having decision-making power at a local and global level that may contribute to saving the planet. In the last 10 years indigenous peoples’ representatives have been collectively engaged in lobbying for inclusion in intergovernmental climate change negotiations and to have decision-making power at the United Nations. This comment calls for international support from governments and civil society from both North and South, at the United Nations and at other international fora, to uphold the rights of indigenous peoples—enshrined in international law—who wish to prevent incursions into their territory for the extraction of fossil fuels. Moreover, it calls on governments, (I)NGOs, and private companies engaged in the extractive industries, and in other processes of modernization and development, to respect the right of indigenous peoples not to develop and to choose for themselves the level of their integration into the global economy and polity. The choice not to develop, not to have access to the modern world through roads, for example, is itself a contribution to protecting the rainforest and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This article draws on existing scholarly literature on the Ecuadorian Amazonian indigenous peoples, primary research among Huaorani and Sarayaku Kichwa communities of Eastern Ecuador 2016–2017, and documents from the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) 26 April—6 May 2017. The aim is to provide policymakers, and those to whom they are accountable, with knowledge and understanding to improve decision-making in the interests of citizens and the environment.

11. Indigenous Peoples - Amnesty International

  • Their sustainable land use fights climate change and builds resilience to natural disasters. We must support Indigenous peoples and preserve this knowledge as a ...

  • For far too long, the rights of indigenous peoples around the world have been denied and violated.

12. [PDF] Indigenous peoples and climate change - ILO

  • Although their habitats and ways of living are highly ... We confirm that indigenous peoples' knowledge and strategies to sustain their environment should.

13. Indigenous Peoples Overview - World Bank

  • 10 Oct 2017 · The land and natural resources on which they depend are inextricably linked to their identities, cultures, livelihoods, as well as their ...

  • The World Bank aims to promote indigenous peoples' development in a manner which ensures that the development process fosters full respect for the dignity, human rights, and uniqueness of indigenous peoples.

14. Western science and traditional knowledge: Despite their variations ...

  • Many of them are rooted in traditional systems of beliefs, which indigenous people use to understand and interpret their biophysical environment (Iaccarino, ...

  • Cultures from all over the world have developed different views of nature throughout human history. Many of them are rooted in traditional systems of beliefs, which indigenous people use to understand and interpret their biophysical environment (Iaccarino, 2003). These systems of managing the environment constitute an integral part of the cultural identity and social integrity of many indigenous populations. At the same time, their knowledge embodies a wealth of wisdom and experience of nature gained over millennia from direct observations, and transmitted—most often orally—over generations.

15. Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice in the Arctic

  • 23 Feb 2021 · For instance, maintaining connections to place, agency, and choice with respect to responding to environmental changes, recognizing Indigenous ...

  • Arctic regions are experiencing transformative climate change impacts. This article examines the justice implications of these changes for Indigenous Peoples, arguing that it is the intersection of climate change with pronounced inequalities, land dispossession, and colonization that creates climate injustice in many instances. 

16. Indigenous knowledge on climate change adaptation - IOPscience

  • 5 Nov 2020 · ... societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For many Indigenous peoples, Indigenous knowledge informs ...

  • There is emerging evidence of the important role of indigenous knowledge for climate change adaptation. The necessity to consider different knowledge systems in climate change research has been established in the fifth assessment report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). However, gaps in author expertise and inconsistent assessment by the IPCC lead to a regionally heterogeneous and thematically generic coverage of the topic. We conducted a scoping review of peer-reviewed academic literature to support better integration of the existing and emerging research on indigenous knowledge in IPCC assessments. The research question underpinning this scoping review is: How is evidence of indigenous knowledge on climate change adaptation geographically and thematically distributed in the peer-reviewed academic literature? As the first systematic global evidence map of indigenous knowledge in the climate adaptation literature, the study provides an overview of the evidence of indigenous knowledge for adaptation across regions and categorises relevant concepts related to indigenous knowledge and their contexts in the climate change literature across disciplines. The results show knowledge clusters around tropical rural areas, subtropics, drylands, and adaptation through planning and practice and behavioural measures. Knowledge gaps include research in northern and central Africa, northern Asia, South America, Australia, urban areas, and adaptation through capacity building, as well as institutional and psychological adaptation. This review supports the assessment of indigenous knowledge in the IPCC AR6 and also provides a basis for follow-up research, e.g. bibliometric analysis, primary research of underrepresented regions, and review of grey literature.

17. Nine ways to support the rights of indigenous people - The Guardian

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  • What are the practical steps to push for recognising the rights of indigenous people around the world? Our expert panel shares their thoughts

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