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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Chad’s herdspeople map out their climate futures

An innovative initiative led by the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), the Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad (AFPAT) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), is exploring how traditional knowledge and atmospheric science could be combined to respond to the climate change risks.
A meeting held in November 2011 in N’Djamena, Chad, brought together meteorologists and community representatives from Chad, Niger, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa, and resulted in the ‘N’Djamena Declaration on traditional knowledge and climate adaptation’, which was presented at the 17th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban in 2011.
Over 12 days the participants worked together to construct a 3D model of the Baїbokoum area of Chad. Bouba and his colleagues made a significant contribution identifying six tree species protected under M’bororo customary law, which have both medicinal and ecosystem functions and have acted as navigation reference points over the years.
Moreover, the government has invited the M’bororo people to advise them on issues such as the protection of threatened forest spaces in mountains outside Baїbokoum, ensuring their voices continue to be heard in the corridors of power.
Source: AlertNet