Summary of the outcomes of the recent INMIP learning exchange in Tajikistan: Climate change impacts and biocultural heritage-based responses; the Tuggoz Declaration and recommendations for COP21 negotiators.
My presentation will focus on the outcomes of the Second Learning Exchange of the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples, held in Tajikistan on 11-18 September. It brought together 21 communities to explore the impacts of climate change and develop responses to enhance resilience based on biocultural heritage. The meeting established an international network of biocultural heritage territories and community seed banks. I will also present the resulting Declaration including key recommendations for COP21. If there is time I would also like to present key findings from the SIFOR project (Smallholder Innovation for Resilience), on biocultural innovations developed by 64 indigenous communities in response to climate change and how to strengthen biocultural innovation for enhanced resilience.
I am a Principal Researcher at IIED, where I have conducted research on traditional knowledge, biocultural heritage and climate resilience with local partners and indigenous communities since 1998. I work closely with ANDES to support the Potato Park and develop tools to protect biocultural heritage globally. I coordinate the EC funded project, Smallholder Innovation for Resilience which entails action-research with 64 indigenous and local communities in Peru, China, India and Kenya. I link the voices of indigenous peoples to climate policy processes, including through the International Network on Mountain Indigenous Peoples, working alongside Alejandro Argumedo. We set up this network in Bhutan in 2014, when we were co-chairs of the International Society for Ethnobiology's Global Coalition for Biocultural Diversity. My Masters thesis entailed research on bioprospecting and indigenous rights in Peru, with Machiguenga and Wachipaire communities in Manu National Park, Madre de Dios.