n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Climate change adaptation and indigenous knowledge : prospecting African union channels for influecing national policy

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



Climate change and its adverse impacts are real in Africa. While there exists indigenous knowledge and practices which are useful in responding to adverse effects of climate change, an assessment of adaptation processes of selected states in Africa which have embarked on national adaptation plans of action (NAPA) in response to climate change reveals that scanty attention is placed on the relevance of indigenous knowledge. This article explores the potential in regional channels under the African Union (AU) to influence and shape the promotion of indigenous knowledge in climate related adaptation actions at the national level in Africa. Intervention through regional channels can be anchored on institutions and initiatives, namely, the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMGEN) and the Climate for Development in Africa Programme which operates through the three channels of African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU) and Climate for Development in Africa Special Fund (CDSF).

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