Indigenous Knowledge

A report that the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University published shows how Indigenous Nations respond to climate change.
Mountain Village, Alaska, which accommodates 855 residents, are sinking due to thawing permafrost. Ninety per cent of people living in Yupik village are Native Americans.
Aerial view of Vancouver Island, Canada
An oral history of tsunamis from the First Nations complements computer modelling for tsunami risk in Vancouver Island.
Portrait of senior Filipino woman of Ifugao mountain tribes in Banaue village, north Luzon, Philippines
Almost eight years after Typhoon Haiyan barreled into Busuanga Island in the western Philippines, the lesson it left is still etched in the mind of the Indigenous women in the village of Quezon on Busuanga’s northern coast.
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The effectiveness of Indigenous practices in addressing hazards is based on traditional knowledges and empirical observations that inform active roles in environmental management.
Melanesia, Papua New Guinea
For Papua New Guinean climate advocate Vinzealhar Nen, so much is at stake. Rising sea levels that threaten low-lying islands means more than just migrating to the mainland and starting over.
A typical Mising house, called Kare Okum (or chang ghar in Assamese), is an innovative way to keep floodwaters at bay as it is built on a raised platform supported by bamboo stilts.
Floods in the Brahmaputra river, one of the largest rivers in the world, cause massive loss of lives, livestock, crops, and properties every year in India’s northeast. The Mising community, an indigenous community in India's northeast region that has lived close to the river for centuries, has turned to architectural innovations to adapt to the annual flood hazard and reduce disaster risk.
A view of a wheat field in springtime, Ghar El Melh, Tunisia By Giulio Napolitano
Tunisian farmers are turning to the past to ensure a future by planting indigenous seeds as the North African country suffers at a time of drought, disease and climate change.
Stockholm Environment Institute
University of California, Berkeley
US Army Corps of Engineers Mississipi Valley Division
New Orleans
A firefighter starts a fire to serve as a firebreak
As the Dixie fire rages across California, local firefighter Will Harling believes an indigenous practice of controlled burns can protect the land.