IDS researchers focus on indigenous knowledge and gender at COP17

28 November 2011

Researchers from IDS' Climate Change Team, the IDS-coordinated STEPS Centre, and BRIDGE representatives from IDS Knowledge Services are taking part in COP17, 2011's major climate change conference which begins today.

Civil Quality Controller, Mawanda Mhlanga, at Medupi Power Station Project, Limpopo, South Africa. Image credit: Robin Hammond / Panos

They will join thousands of representatives from the world's governments, international organisations and civil society in Durban, South Africa, for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Matthew Lockwood, leader of IDS' Climate Change Team, launched earlier this year, explained how IDS research and policy analysis is shaping current debates on climate change:

"The Durban summit is unlikely to yield breakthroughs to a global agreement. But it is a key opportunity to shape important elements of a deal, like the proposed Green Fund, and good research is critical here. IDS is taking two key messages to the COP, informed by research over the last year. One is that the UNFCCC needs to build more awareness of gender inequalities into proposed mechanisms for responding to climate change. The other is policy to help poor people adapt will not work without better ways of bringing climate science together with their own knowledge about their changing environments."

In detail: IDS at COP17

The conference runs from 28 November – 9 December 2011. IDS participation in events during the two weeks includes:

  • 1 December – IDS Fellow Blane Harvey will be a panellist at a side event on knowledge production and sharing on climate change adaptation in Africa, hosted by START and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
  • 2 December – IDS Fellows Lars Otto Naess and Blane Harvey are facilitating a lunchtime session on indigenous knowledge and adaptation for the Adaptation Hub.
  • 6 December – IDS Fellow Blane Harvey will be facilitating an event on the use of climate decision-making tools with CARE and Tearfund for the Adaptation Hub.
  • 7 December - Rob Byrne, convenor of the new IDS-coordinated STEPS Centre Energy and Climate Change Domain will speak at a side event on pathways to sustainable energy in developing countries. During week two of COP17, Rob Byrne and Jose Opazo, a doctoral researcher within the Sussex Energy Group, will also be helping out with a stand run in collaboration with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
  • 8 December – From IDS Knowledge Services gender advocacy and mainstreaming service, BRIDGEAlyson Brody and Georgina Aboud will be hosting an IDS event, 'South-North exchange: gender-aware responses to climate change mitigation and adaptation.'
  • 8 December – IDS Fellow Blane Harvey will be participating in a Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) side event which will be promoting the IDS and Ecofys climate planning tool.

See the COP17 side event programme for more information about these events.

IDS' Climate Change Team

Launched in summer 2011, IDS' Climate Change Team carries out research and policy analysis on climate change and development. They also support and build networks, and offer teaching and training.

The team aims to contribute to reducing poverty and increasing social justice in a changing climate, and to help shape economic growth that is both sustainable and inclusive.

Find out more about IDS' Climate Change Team.

Photo credit: Robin Hammond / Panos