This document examines the values of integrating traditional, local and indigenous knowledge (TLIK) based practices into an adaptive method for addressing human induced climate change and imbalances within the global water cycle.
It proposes a comprehensive method that has been formulated integrating TLIK along with scientific and modern conservation and restoration techniques.
Spurred by increasing instability in the climate systems and global water cycle and the related increase of related natural disasters, Active Remedy Ltd. has formulated an innovative model known of as 'The Sacred Groves and Green Corridors' (SGGC) method, which can be applied and adapted to facilitate ecological restoration, preservation and adaptation efforts around world.
Bearing in mind the vital importance of the global water cycle and its intricate relationship with climate, it is worth considering the restoration of the worlds mountain forests as a vital initial step in climate adaptation programs.
“Given their important role in water supply and regulation, the protection, sustainable management and restoration of mountain ecosystems will be essential.” (UNESCO, Climate Change Impacts on Mountainous Regions of the World, 2013)
This method has been formulated in conjunction with traditional indigenous mountain people over many years and it offers a diversity of approaches that understand, respect and are adaptable to local ecosystems, values, spiritual customs and taboos. It also accords with Target 6.6:
“By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes” (UN, A/70/L.1, Target 6.6, 2015)
This document can also be found in the UNFCCC Knowledge Portal