Using Indigenous knowledge to prevent and respond to disasters

2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT

Indigenous peoples make up only 4% of the world’s population, but they inhabit 22% of the earth’s surface. Given this, it is essential to acknowledge the role of Indigenous knowledge.

Indigenous knowledge is the unique, local knowledge developed through history, experience, experiments and understanding of the environment.

“The very identity of indigenous peoples is inextricably linked with their lands, which are located predominantly at the social-ecological margins of human habitation — such as small islands, tropical forests, high-altitude zones, coasts, desert margins and the circumpolar Arctic. Here at these margins, the consequences of climate change include effects on agriculture, pastoralism, fishing, hunting and gathering and other subsistence activities, including access to water.”

Gleb Raygorodetsky
Archipelago of Hope

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted a webinar to highlight how funders can support Indigenous communities worldwide to prevent disasters and combat the effects of climate change. Panelists examined how Indigenous knowledge can help non-Indigenous communities deal with the impacts of a disaster.

The webinar also showcased examples of CDP grants that have helped communities learn from Indigenous knowledge and practices.

While aimed at funders, it may also be of interest to emergency managers, academics, disaster responders and NGO staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.

Heidi Schultz, program manager for CDP’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund, moderated the discussion and panelists included:

This webinar was co-sponsored by Giving Compass, The Funders NetworkUnited Philanthropy Forum, PEAK Grantmaking, Council on FoundationsCHANGE Philanthropy and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Please see the slide deck, read the recap on Giving Compass and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

(Photo: A group of children arriving to a community lunch preparation as part of the recovery and rebuild humanitarian aid program. Credit: Jose Luis Molero / The Wayuu Taya Foundation)