Traditional Knowledge for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation

12-16 November 2010 Sri Lanka

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12 November 2010, Ramada Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The CECAR Network hosts will host a conference on Traditional Knowledge for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation, Colombo. It is co-organized by UNU-ISP and the University of Peradeniya, with the support of the Mitsui Foundation, and the Globally Important Heritage Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
The main focus of the Conference is to:

  1. Learn from ingenious and indigenous local knowledge in developing innovative and sustainable adaptation strategies to climate and ecosystems change, with particular focus on Sri Lanka's unique Ancient Irrigation Systems.
  2. Highlight the latest scientific climate change adaptation research in Sri Lanka and the region.
  3. Discuss the role of higher education for climate change adaptation research

Traditional Knowledge
Local communities living harmony with their natural environment have been able to do so from accumulating generation’s worth of knowledge from learning, experimentation and innovation with their local surroundings, producing a mosaic of landscapes rich in biodiversity.
The incredibly unique ancient irrigation systems of Sri Lanka are an excellent example of this. Constructed over 1600 years ago, the ancient irrigation systems have been perfected over time, and along with it, communities have developed effective social frameworks to manage these systems. How such knowledge can be integrated with modern scientific techniques to develop sustainable adaptation strategies to tackle climate change will be the key question discussed during this Conference.
13-14 November 2010: Technical Visit
A technical field visit will be conducted on 13 and 14 November 2010 to give invited participants the opportunity to experience the ancient irrigation systems for themselves.
14 November 2010: GIAHS Inception Workshop
Indigenous and traditional agricultural systems (henceforth referred to as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems or GIAHS) have resulted not only in outstanding landscapes (some are recognised as World Heritage Sites), but, more importantly, in the perpetuation of globally significant agricultural biodiversity, maintenance of resilient ecosystems, and preservation of valuable traditional knowledge and cultural practices. They embody the principles for sustained provision of multiple goods and services, food and livelihood security, and a certain quality of life that keeps a close link with its natural environment. To date, over 100 systems world-wide have been identified as potential GIAHS sites.
This workshop will discuss the conceptual framework for a potential GIAHS site in Sri Lanka focusing on the Ancient Irrigation Systems, and in India on Saffron cultivation in Kashmir.
15-16 November 2010: UN-CECAR 4th Workshop on International Collaboration
In conjunction to the Conference, UN-CECAR will be hosting its 4th International Workshop on 15-16 November 2010 in Kandy. The Workshop (which is closed to the public) will provide an update of ongoing UN CECAR activities, with a particular emphasis on joint research development and evaluation of the recent launch of the Network’s intensive postgraduate courses held in UNU, Tokyo, September-October 2010. The Workshop also builds on the decisions taken at the last meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (8-10 March 2010), and will plan the Network’s activities for the coming year.


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