Intangible Cultural Heritage, Diverse Knowledge Systems and Climate Change

Ben Orlove, Neil Dawson, Pasang Sherpa, Ibidun O. Adelekan, Wilfredo Alangui, Rosario Carmona, Deborah Coen, Melissa Nelson, Victoria Reyes-García, Jennifer Rubis, Gideon Sanago, Andrew Wilson

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Human cultural diversity is reflected in many different ways of knowing, being, and doing, each with specific histories, positionalities, and connections to ecosystems, landscapes, and the world. Such diversity results in plural knowledge systems. This white paper describes the characteristics and complexity of knowledge systems in the context of climate change. It notes the deficiencies of action to date on climate change, which has largely rested on scientific knowledge, and discusses the importance of drawing on other knowledge systems, particularly Indigenous knowledge and local knowledge. This paper synthesises evidence highlighting that Indigenous knowledge systems and local knowledge systems are dynamic, contemporary, and actively applied worldwide. Although Indigenous knowledge and local knowledge systems continue to be politically marginalised, the recognition of their role in climate governance is essential. We consider plural knowledge systems and the interactions and
potential collaborations between them, with a goal of informing how they can most constructively, equitably, and inclusively be conceptualised and addressed when discussing and generating knowledge about and responses to climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSM CHC White Paper I
Number of pages108
ISBN (Electronic)78-2-918086-71-0
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2022

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