“Indigenous peoples are literally living on the edge – highly dependent on natural ecosystems, they usually occupy marginal lands, are under pressure socially and many lack proper political representation to improve their situation,” says Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN Senior Advisor on Social Policy, and co-author of the report. “As a result they are especially vulnerable to climate change."
“But they’re not just victims,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. “Because of their long dependence on nature they’ve developed strategies to cope with climate change and extreme natural events which still have as much relevance today as they did hundreds of years ago.”
The report identifies such strategies, including the traditional Quezungal farming methods in
The report maps out the areas of the world which will be most vulnerable to climate change in the future and how this will impact on indigenous peoples. It calls on policy makers to take indigenous people’s experiences into account when making climate change policy.
Camel caravan in Komadugu Yobe river basin, North East Nigeria. Photo: Danièle Perrot-Maître, from IUCN website