As indigenous peoples around the world face extreme climatic events that threaten their livelihoods and wellbeing, responses that stem from indigenous knowledge, experiences, wisdom and world-views are urgently needed.

Land is Life works with indigenous organizations and communities around the world to strengthen their ability to respond the challenges of climate change and climate change mitigation policies with the following activities:

  • Strengthening indigenous participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, including funding and organizing indigenous delegations to UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties (COP's). Special emphasis is placed on ensuring the participation of indigenous women. Land is Life also funded and co-organized international preparatory meetings for indigenous peoples to develop a common agenda for participation in UNFCCC COP's.
  • Indigenous Peoples' Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative ( The Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA) is an innovative project, bringing together indigenous knowledge and science in a process that links biocultural realities with complex global processes. Use of biocultural methods and tools involve communities from around the world in the assessment of climate change and local well-being and the development of evidence based on responses for climate change adaptation.
  • Conversations With the Earth (CWE) is a collaborative project of Land is Life, InsightShare and Conversations du Monde. CWE enables indigenous communities to share their own local stories about climate change with the global community. CWE has established local community video hubs around the world, developed photo stories, and organized a number of high profile, multimedia exhibits, including: Bioneers; Kilma Forum; National Museum of Denmark (December 2009 - October 2010); Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change in Bolivia (April 2010); US Social Forum (June 2010); Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (August 2011 - January 2012), and; regional indigenous peoples' conferences.
  • Seeking Balance: Indigenous Knowledge, Western Science and Climate Change