Indigenous Knowledge

Climate change is rapidly intensifying. Amid the chaos and damage it wreaks, many precious Indigenous heritage sites in Australia and around the world are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Traditional windcatchers in Iran help cool houses
“Modern” styles of architecture using concrete and glass have often usurped local building techniques better suited to parts of the world with hotter climates. Now some architects are resurrecting traditional techniques to help keep buildings cool.
To tackle climate challenges, Bangladesh has adopted a number of policies and action plans since 2005. However, most of these policies fail to promote the rights and adaptation practices of the most vulnerable communities, such as the indigenous peoples.
Silhouettes of fishermen in the sea, Sri Lanka
ADRRN is collaborating with key partners, including GNDR, ICVA, ACFID, and others, to strengthen the participation of civil society colleagues at APMCDRR in order to maximise the impact of the messages from the communities we serve.
Amazon indigenous family living on floating wooden house in Brazil
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk reductions invites members of the DRR community to comment on the new Words into Action guide on using traditional knowledges for disaster risk reduction.
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This Words into Action guide aims to provide a practical overview of how traditional knowledges can be used to complement scientific knowledge in disaster risk reduction.
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This report provides a synthesis and overall outlook for the Australian environment, including detailed content and assessments found in 12 thematic chapters.
Two painted hands arranging twigs for indigenous burning in Australia
Using the stone country of the Arnhem Land Plateau as a case study, new research reveals why institutional fire management is inferior to cultural burning, and how environmental outcomes from both practices compare to each other.
Two indigenous women work outdoors
Indigenous peoples’ understanding of disaster risk uses an enormous dataset – traditional knowledge and folklore reaching back many generations.
Aborigines Warlpiri hunting honey ants in the bush.
Floods, fires and droughts in Australia devastate lives, destroy wildlife and damage property. People are looking for solutions from politicians and researchers. It’s time to listen to First Nations people who have extensive knowledge of Country.