Indian Government turns to Tribal People for Advice on Climate Change Adaptation

January 12th, 2010

The Schumacher Centre, a leading Delhi-based organisation promoting rural Indian livelihood through expertise and action, has been selected by the Indian Ministry of Tribal Affairs to carry out a pioneering study. This five month study will begin in January 2010. It aims to learn lessons from India’s tribal population on climate change adaptation. The team will collate tribal knowledge on how to adapt agriculturally to climate change, making it available for government policy formulation.

During the five months 8o tribal villages across the country will be visited in four habitats representing different agro-climatic zones. India’s rural-dwelling tribal peoples are on the “front line” of climate change and are among the first to suffer its devastating effects. However, they also have ancient method for coping with changes in temperature and rainfall. For example, tribals have long selected crops requiring less water in times of drought. This study is a historic first of its kind for the Indian government.

More details are available at the Schumacher Centre.