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Date:4/19/2009

are relocated or their practices restricted.

Traditional drought-related practices used to hedge against normal climate variation include:

  • Sophisticated small dam systems to capture and store rainfall;
  • Temporary migration;
  • Planting diverse varieties of crops simultaneously; and
  • Using alternative agricultural lands, food preservation techniques, hunting and gathering periods and wild food sources as required.

Among new Indigenous climate change adaptation efforts to be presented at the Summit:

Honduras: With increasing hurricane strikes and drastic weather changes, the Quezungal people have developed a farming method which involves planting crops under trees so the roots anchor the soil and reduce the loss of crops during natural disasters.

East Cameroon and Congo: The Baka Pygmies of South East Cameroon and the Bambendzele of Congo have developed new fishing and hunting methods to adapt to a decrease in precipitation and an increase in forest fires;

Guyana: Indigenous peoples have adopted a nomadic lifestyle, moving to more forested zones in the dry season, and are now planting manioc, their main staple, in alluvial plains where, previously, it was too moist to plant crops.

Indigenous Peoples most at risk

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the number of Indigenous Peoples most likely to be impacted to climate change requires additional research. However, those at greatest risk from expected extreme climate change-induced events such as sea level rise and crop-damaging droughts reside in:

  • The Arctic,
  • The Caribbean
  • The Amazon
  • Southern Chile and Argentina,
  • Southern Africa,
  • Pacific islands and other island states,
  • Along the Asian coastline
  • Across Australia

    Beyond temperature flux, climate change is expected to alter the timing, frequency and intensit
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    United Nations University
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