Indigenous peoples and climate change in Africa
This study examines the impact of climate change on indigenous people and their adaptation strategies. The objectives of the case studies undertaken in Namibia were to: document how indigenous peoples are affected by climate change through a review of existing data and literature; analyse and document in a participatory way how indigenous peoples perceive, adapt and leverage opportunities presented by climate change; and provide recommendations for strengthening indigenous peoples’ engagement and direct participation in the formulation of national and international public policies regarding climate change. In the Namibian case studies it proved problematic to separate climate change impacts from other factors impacting on indigenous peoples’ lives. The authors conclude that climate change and factors such as governance, access to land and socioeconomic status are interrelated, and therefore, they all impact on indigenous peoples’ livelihoods and adaptive strategies.