January 19th 2022

UNESCO publishes case studies on living heritage and climate change in East Africa

Carried out in 2021, the project saw national research teams mobilized in EritreaEthiopiaKenyaSeychellesSomaliaSouth Sudan, and Uganda to undertake research on traditional knowledge systems linked to biodiversity conservation, climate change or disaster risk reduction.

The final publication presents the seven case studies, which cover several topics and aspects of climate change across those countries. They collectively demonstrate how living heritage contain detailed knowledge about local flora and fauna and ecosystems. Yet, at the same time, these knowledge and practices are embodied in broader social and cultural contexts, which shape how communities understand and relate to the world. The transmission of these knowledge and practices thus carries and engrains values toward nature, often fostering notions of respect and connectivity with the environment.

Find the publication here: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/ichpub.pdf 

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