Earth observation-based innovation by and for Indigenous women for climate change adaptation

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Alliance in collaboration with Cultural Survival is organising an Indigenous-led session to address the under-representation and inequality that Indigenous women face, as well as inspire the next generation of women to leverage existing technologies to find creative, low-cost and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis in particular addressing adaptation and nature-based solutions.

Indigenous women are key climate defenders who possess invaluable knowledge and expertise for climate change responses, yet they are the most affected by climate change. Earth observation (EO) data and tools co-designed by and/or with Indigenous communities, are enabling Indigenous women and youth to integrate their Indigenous knowledge with climate change adaptation plans. This is also enabling their voices to be heard in climate policy decisions at the local, national and international levels. Indigenous women will share their innovative projects whilst also outlining the challenges and barriers they face implementing their projects.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr. Nicholle Koko Warner, Manager of the “Impacts, Vulnerability, and Risks” subprogramme, Adaptation Programme at UNFCCC
  • Galina Angarova, Executive Director, Cultural Survival
  • Titus Letaapo, Co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance, Managing Director of the Sarara Foundation
  • Polina Sholbaeva, Russian Indigenous coordinator for IIFB at the CBD process/Center for support of indigenous peoples of the North (CSIPN)/Member of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) and the Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network (IWBN)
  • Lilian Nguracha, Founder of Women Conserve
  • Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss, “Inuit Nunangat SIKU Coordinator” Arctic Eider/Siku
  • Yoanna Dimitrova, Member of the Symbols Maps Team, winners of the GEO Indigenous Hack4Covid 2020
  • Noon Altijani Osman Abbakar, Researcher at Oxford University
  • Claudinete Cole, Coordinator of the Association of Remaining Quilombo Communities of the Municipality of Oriximiná (ARQM)
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim, co-foudner of the GEO Indigenous Alliance, Technical coordinator of “All Eyes on the Aamzon” project at the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA)