An expert workshop on Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change – Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge will be held from 19-21 July 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.

United Nations University (UNU), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are co-organising two workshops on “Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change.” The workshops will bring together representatives of Indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, natural and social scientists, and other experts in relevant domains. This workshop will be held in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE)

The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. The workshops will provide a key opportunity to ensure that experience, sources of information and knowledge (scientific, indigenous and local), along with data and literature (scientific and grey), focusing on vulnerable and marginalized regions of the world are made available to the authors of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and the global community.

A second workshop on “Adaptation, Mitigation and Traditional Knowledge” is planned for Cairns, Australia in late 2011. The call for submissions for the second workshop will be opened in March 2011. The workshops will be held in English. Subject to demand and availability of funds, Spanish and/or French translation may be made available. A limited number of travel grants will be made available for selected participants.

Please see the Conference website for more information.