Indigenous peoples and climate change in Africa - Report on case studies of Namibia's Topnaar and Hai||om Communities

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This study examines the impact of climate change on indigenous people and their strategies for adapting to climate change. Such a study is necessary because it has been recognised that more research is needed to better understand the particular challenges and changes that indigenous peoples face in relation to climate change, and to understand the local and traditional knowledge that informs their adaptation strategies. Case studies in Namibia were undertaken in partnership with Charapa Consultants for the World Bank's Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD) study on the Impacts of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Knowledge. The specific objectives of the case studies are to: document how indigenous peoples are affected by climate change through a thorough; review of existing data and literature; analyse and document in a participatory way how indigenous peoples (a) perceive climate change, (b) adapt to and minimise the adverse impacts of climate change, and (c) leverage opportunities presented by climate change, including through the use of local and traditional knowledge and practices; and provide recommendations for strengthening indigenous peoples' engagement and direct participation in the formulation of national and international public policies regarding climate change.

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Land, Environment and Development Project
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