Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Governance: A Sub-Saharan African Perspective

(1st Edition 2022)

By Eromose Ebhuoma, Llewellyn Leonard |

Sustainable Development Goal Series

The impact of climate change has adversely compromised the livelihoods of African communities who are overwhelmingly dependent on the natural environment for food security. Indigenous Knowledge Systems is a way for African people to adapt to climate change and secure their livelihoods by uniquely applying their ancient knowledge systems. The book provides critical discussions on the linkages between indigenous knowledge, climate change, and governance. Using primarily political and participatory methods, the book explores cases within the region in order to enhance our understanding about the importance of indigenous knowledge systems to combat climate change and the factors that undermine indigenous knowledge from featuring predominately in climate change mitigation and governance.

There are numerous types of land-related conflicts ranging from ownership, access, use and management. The chapters in this volume capture the strategies put in place by Indigenous peoples in different geographical regions across Southern Africa to adapt and build their resilience to climatic risks, including how collaborations with scientific knowledge have cascaded into building people’s resilience to climatic risks. This volume critically tackles the underlying issues of governance, power and epistemic injustice that influence the exclusion of Indigenous peoples in climate change decision-making at local and national levels.

The geographic spread of this book is wide and covers cases from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho as well as regional cases from West, Central, East and Southern Africa. Key insights from this book illuminate issues that could contribute meaningfully towards the actualisation of the 13th Sustainable Development Goal (climate action) in sub-Saharan Africa. This is primarily because Indigenous peoples and climate action are inextricably linked due to their overwhelming dependence on the natural environment for their livelihood.

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