Call for applications is now OPEN!

Traditional Betsimisaraka house in Madagascar
(Photo by Vincent Porcher)

We are seeking applications from Ph.D. students, early career scholars, and practitioners to join us for this exciting opportunity to work on local indicators of climate change impacts. We welcome applicants with background in anthropology, geography, ecology, and related fields working with indigenous populations or climate change topics to apply! Check out the Call for applications here.

COP24 paves way for operationalization of Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

by Denise Margaret Matias

A Quechua weaver from Chinchero, Peru
(Photo by Vincent Porcher)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP), established in 2015 under the Paris Agreement (Decision 1/CP.21), is one step closer to its operationalization after parties to the UNFCCC agreed to launch a Facilitative Working Group (FWG), which will be composed of seven party representatives and seven indigenous representatives. The FWG will also be open to having local community representatives once a constituency is established under the UNFCCC. This is a milestone for the UNFCCC, as it officially allows non-state parties to negotiate on an equal level as parties. With the launch of the FWG, the LCIPP inches forward towards fulfilling its functions of knowledge exchange, capacity building, and integration of indigenous knowledge in climate policies and actions.

LICCI meets other participatory European projects

by Petra Benyei

(Photo by Petra Benyei)

The LICCI project loves the idea of using the distributed efforts and public participation in science approaches both to collect Local Indicators on Climate Change Impacts and to empower the communities with which the project will work. In order to further explore the challenges and opportunities we will face, LICCI team member Petra Benyei travelled to Paris to attend the “Empowering civil society through participatory investigation?” European Round Table Workshop organized in collaboration by European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) within the H2020 project Doing it Together Science (DITOs), Pour une alliance sciences en société (ALLISS), Institut francilien recherche, innovation, société (IFRIS), Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS) and the Living Knowledge Network (LKN). Insights from her participation in this workshop will help the team develop meaningful and sensitive ways of engaging community members and NGO’s to build the LICCI network.

Survey to scientists completed

by Anna Porcuna-Ferrer

Photo by David Garcia del Amo

Before launching the LICCI project we conducted an online survey to capture “experts’ opinion” about the feasibility of incorporating LICCIs in climate change studies. The survey was completed by 190 Spanish scientists working on climate change issues who gave their opinion about the potential contribution of LICCI to improve our understanding of climate change effects in the climatic, physical, biological and in the human food-production systems at the local level. Survey results will be available soon! Link to the survey

Call for applications: Master thesis within LICCI project

Neglected and underutilized crops and climate change adaptation

by Anna Porcuna-Ferrer

A Malagasy farmer holding an Eben tree pod
(Photo by Vincent Porcher)

Are you looking for Master Thesis topic? Are you interested in climate change and neglected or underutilized crops? Then, don’t hesitate to apply. Call for application is now open.  

In the last decades there has been a dramatic decline in agrobiodiversity in farmers’ fields worldwide. Global food security has become increasingly dependent on a limited number of varieties and few major crops. The situation has driven attention to “neglected and underutilized crops” (NUS), which have traditionally been excluded from research and development agenda and ignored by policy-makers. NUS are generally nutritionally rich traditional varieties adapted to risky and fragile environments and which do not require high inputs. Previous research suggests that NUS have untapped potential for reducing risks and adapting to climate change.

The proposed MSc thesis topic seeks to understand how climate change affects the management and diversity of NUS preserved on-farm and the potentials of NUS for climate change adaptation.

LICCI team complete and ready!

by Anna Porcuna-Ferrer

Coming from six different countries located across three different continents, the LICCI team met in November 2018 at ICTA-UAB (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) to put their brains together and get their hands on the work of bringing local knowledge into climate change research. 

See the whole team