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Film directed by Souleymane Ouattara of Jade Productions

Produced by the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in cooperation with the Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad (AFPAT)

In 2011 – 2012, indigenous peoples’ organisations came together with meteorologists, UN agencies, and other international cooperation agencies to explore the impacts of climate change on nomadic herding communities, and the possibility for bringing in traditional knowledge into national policy platforms.

This film is the second of a two part series entitled Climate Governance, documenting indigenous peoples’ responses to climate change, and the mobilisation of different forms of knowledge to create dialogue between scientists, decision-makers and communities at risk of conflict and climate vulnerability.

‘Dangers in the bush, map of good faith’, the latest release of the series, takes us to the village of Baїbokoum in southern Chad, where M’Bororo herders use Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM), a mapping method part of the Participatory GIS family, to represent their oral and traditional knowledge of their landscape and ecosystem to their farming neighbours and the State authorities.

The map is constructed as a training exercise, supported by CTA, with indigenous pastoralists participating from around Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania and northern Kenya. The event takes place in the holy month of Ramadan – which raises not only the question of traditional knowledge, but also of Islamic values in finding solutions and accepting responsibility for the conservation and sustainable management of lands and waters. During the project, Muslim herders work together, and pray together even though they come from different parts of Africa. They discover that they are facing similar problems of exclusion, vulnerability and impacts of climate change and land use changes.

The map – born in the context of communal tensions and uncertainty – is done in good faith, uniting people who have felt in competition with each other for rights of way, water and resources, to see their territory in a more holistic way and seek solutions based on cooperation, dialogue and good faith. The film is being launched at the 18th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar on 27 November 2012.

In the first film release of the series https://vimeo.com/37458698 , Ouattara records the dialogue between indigenous peoples and meteorologists about how their respective knowledge systems coped with climate and weather predictions, and offered opportunities for risk reduction and adaptation. Ouattara journeys out into the Chadian savannah to interview M’Bororo men and women about the reality of droughts and climate instability, and their efforts to understand and respond. The film was launched at the 17th Conference of Parties to UNFCCC.

Version française: https://vimeo.com/55478224

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