Together with our partners, ESSA worked alongside indigenous communities in Nepal, Tuvalu, and the Andean and Amazonian regions of Latin America, to identify local and traditional knowledge, practices and adaptation strategies that are critical to minimizing the adverse impacts of climate change. The study included a comprehensive review of the current situation of climate change adaptation of Indigenous Peoples in the selected eco-regions, combined with community-based field work using a variety of participatory action research tools and methods (including household questionnaires, focus group discussions, oral histories, community transect walks, and timeline activities).

The results of this study informed the development of two regional case study reports as part of a global initiative to enhance the understanding of the relationship between climate and Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, the results from the global study were presented and discussed by partners and other indigenous representatives at an international workshop to promote the engagement of indigenous peoples’ and communities in global climate discussions.