- To understand the broader processes shaping the use of local and indigenous knowledge for human health responses to climate change;
- To develop and socialize community-level adaptation plans incorporating indigenous knowledge.
In Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, climate change impacts – particularly precipitation variation, temperature anomalies, heat waves, and extreme weather events– have a direct effect on human health. These direct impacts include water- and food-borne diseases, vector-borne diseases, nutritional and infectious diseases, temperature-related illnesses and deaths, and extreme weather-related health effects; secondary impacts include cardiovascular mortality and respiratory illnesses due to heat waves, and altered transmission of infectious diseases.
Pacific Island countries have limited capacity to address the health risks of climate change. Human health has been identified by the governments of Tuvalu and Solomon Islands as a key vulnerable sector, and is the target of national climate adaptation efforts.
This project aims to empower communities in these two countries to reduce the climate change impacts to health through integrating indigenous and local knowledge and practices within health and climate change adaptation policies. The project will help 17 communities to identify and document their indigenous knowledge, and improve the communities’ health outcomes by promoting local solutions to strengthen adaptive capacity of health systems to climate change. Well-researched indigenous knowledge can be used to inform policies and scale up successful initiatives.
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