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Coral reef socio-ecological systems in a changing environment: voices from Kenyan small-scale fishers

by Mouna Chambon Coral reefs are famous for hosting rich marine life and providing major services to coastal communities around the world. Yet, those fragile ecosystems are increasingly threatened by human pressures such as overfishing, pollution and climate change. This is especially true in the western Indian Ocean, which has experienced massive coral bleaching events […]

“Who and what am I without fish and fishing?”:  How climate change is shaping the identity of indigenous peoples in Nekrasovka on Sakhalin Island

by Evgeniya Dudina The Nivkhi are an indigenous people who have traditionally lived in the region of the Lower Amur river and Sakhalin Island. According to the most recent census (2020), there are around two thousand Nivkhi remaining on Sakhalin. Their livelihood depends almost entirely on fishing and gathering wild berries and plants. One afternoon […]

Chiloé Agriculture: a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System threatened by drought

by Julián Caviedes Fieldwork is one of the most exciting and fun aspects of doing research. You get the chance to travel, meet new people and places, and live unique experiences. In the field is were you get inspiration and energy to survive the endless hours in front of the computer you will spend once […]

Climate change, pandemic and now cyclone: We are worried for tomorrow !

Our core team member Vincent recently came back from two months of fieldwork in Madagascar after waiting two years due to COVID restrictions. He tells us how climate change and pandemic have affected localy the live of Betsileo people. These last two years have been particularly tumultuous for Madagascar. Particularly exposed to climate change and […]

Partner’s side project

Dr. Janelle Baker Check out the recent work of our partners around climate change and IPLC research. “Athabasca University researchers share how they’re working to solve important environmental challenges related to industry and climate change” “Community members rely on this food source—it’s their main source of food in these regions. We’re actually looking at it […]

Emphasizing Indigenous and local knowledge in the latest IPCC report 

Anna Schlingmann, March 31, 2022 On 28 February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the latest report from the Working Group II, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, in which researchers from all over the world have collected, compiled and updated current knowledge on climate change impacts, adaptation options and hindrances, […]

Divergent trajectories of local ecological knowledge among divided communities: insights from Hutsuls and Romanians of Bukovina (Romania and Ukraine)

Giulia, one of our LICCI partners, has recently defended her Ph.D. Her work focuses on Hutsuls, a small ethnolinguistic group living in the Ukrainian and Romanian Carpathian Mountains. Giulia conducted cross-border research on how the political context can affect the use of wild food and medicinal plants. Indeed, Hutsul communities used to live under the […]

LICCI on air at the BBC Radio programme CrowdScience

Acequias and terraced slopes of Sierra Nevada, Spain.  Credits/Source: David García-del-Amo.  On December 31st, David García del Amo participated in CrowdScience, a BBC radio program focused on health, life, and environmental issues. This time the topic was about sustainability and if human beings are too selfish to save the planet. During the program, they presented […]

Discussing local and global climate change impacts with pupils and students

“What will happen if we do nothing?” Back in December, Anna Schlingmann was invited for a video call with 11-year old pupils from a primary school in Aragón to provide answer to their questions on climate change and expected impacts. It was interesting to see that the pupils were specifically worried about the situation in […]

Publication alert: Growing up in the Betsileo landscape: Children’s wild edible plants knowledge in Madagascar

A recent study by the LICCI team shows that knowledge of wild edible plants is differentially distributed across gender and life stages (adults/children). The study, carried out by Vincent Porcher in the southern highlands of Madagascar and published in the journal PLOS ONE, shows that certain sets of knowledge about wild edible plants are acquired during […]