This Handbook examines the diverse ways in which climate change impacts Indigenous Peoples and local communities and considers their response to these changes.

While there is well-established evidence that the climate of the Earth is changing, the scarcity of instrumental data oftentimes challenges scientists’ ability to detect such impacts in remote and marginalized areas of the world or in areas with scarce data. Bridging this gap, this Handbook draws on field research among Indigenous Peoples and local communities distributed across different climatic zones and relying on different livelihood activities, to analyse their reports of and responses to climate change impacts. It includes contributions from a range of authors from different nationalities, disciplinary backgrounds, and positionalities, thus reflecting the diversity of approaches in the field. The Handbook is organised in two parts: Part I examines the diverse ways in which climate change – alone or in interaction with other drivers of environmental change – affects Indigenous Peoples and local communities; Part II examines how Indigenous Peoples and local communities are locally adapting their responses to these impacts. Overall, this book highlights Indigenous and local knowledge systems as an untapped resource which will be vital in deepening our understanding of the effects of climate change.

The Routledge Handbook of Climate Change Impacts on Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities will be an essential reference text for students and scholars of climate change, anthropology, environmental studies, ethnobiology, and Indigenous studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

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Understanding climate change impacts on Indigenous Peoples and local communities: A global perspective from local studies
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part I|190 pages

Impacts of climate change and other drivers of global change on local social-ecological systems

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chapter 6|15 pages

Climate and environmental change perceptions

A case from rural Sicily, Italy
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chapter 9|13 pages

Settlement, way of life and worldviews

How socio-environmental changes impact and are interpreted by artisanal fishing communities in Portugal
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chapter 11|17 pages

“Not like it used to be”

Contending with the altered agricultural calendar in Andean Peru's Colca Valley
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part II|204 pages

Adapting to climate change impacts in the context of global change

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Introduction to Part II: Rooted wisdom

Indigenous Peoples' and local communities' adaptive responses to climate change
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chapter 14|15 pages

Changing terrain

Evidence of climate change impacts and adaptive responses of Dagbani Indigenous communities, northern Ghana
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chapter 17|16 pages

Counteracting land abandonment

Local adaptation strategies to climate change impacts of alpine farmers in Eastern Tyrol, Austria
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chapter 19|14 pages

The role of culture in climate change adaptation

Insights from two mountain regions in Kenya
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chapter 20|12 pages

Roads, riding stables, and highland barley

Livelihood diversification as climate change adaptation among Tibetans in Shangri-la, China
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chapter 21|10 pages

Faith, reciprocity, and balance

Inner Mongolian Ovoo offering ritual and its contribution to climate change adaptation
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chapter 24|19 pages

Climate change adaptation in Fiji

Local adaptation strategies to enhance national policy
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