Five expert speakers, combining indigenous and traditional knowledge with more traditional western science, were selected to speak at the Public Forum, organized by the UNU Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative and held 3 April, 2008 in Darwin, Australia.
They shared their experiences on health, adaptation and fire management in northern Australia. This was followed by a discussion with a global panel of experts.
UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative
Charles Darwin University, NAILSMA (North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance)
Climate Change in Northern Australia — Health, Adaptation, Fire Management and Global Relevance: Proceedings of the International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change – The Tropical Australian Experience (forthcoming)
The IPCC has identified local knowledge as an important missing element in its previous assessments and a focus for its next assessment process. The UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative looks at this important area.