Indigenous people ‘help climate adaptation’

Indigenous people around the world are the most vulnerable to climate change, but their traditional knowledge could be vital in forming adaptation strategies to deal with global warming, conservationists said on Monday.

"Indigenous people have a lot of techniques to adapting to climate change that we can learn from," Jeffrey McNeely, chief scientist of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), was quoted as saying.

These strategies include crop diversification in order to minimise the risk of harvest failure, the report said, and changes in food storage
methods including drying or smoking foods according to climate variability.

"They are not just victims, because of their long dependence on nature they’ve developed strategies to cope with climate change and extreme natural events which still have as much relevance today as they did hundreds of years ago," IUCN director general Julia Marton-Lefevre said.

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