Indigenous Peoples and local communities report ongoing and widespread climate change impacts on local social-ecological systems

Victoria Reyes-García*, David García-del-Amo, Santiago Álvarez-Fernández, Petra Benyei, Laura Calvet-Mir, André B. Junqueira, Vanesse Labeyrie, Xiaoyue Li, Sara Miñarro, Vincent Porcher, Anna Porcuna-Ferrer, Anna Schlingmann, Christoph Schunko, Ramin Soleymani, Adrien Tofighi-Niaki, Mariam Abazeri, Emmanuel M.N.A.N. Attoh, Ayansina Ayanlade, Julia Vieira Da Cunha Ávila, Daniel BabaiRodrigo C. Bulamah, Joao Campos-Silva, Rosario Carmona, Julián Caviedes, Rumbidzayi Chakauya, Mouna Chambon, Zhuo Chen, Fasco Chengula, Esther Conde, Aida Cuní-Sanchez, Christophe Demichelis, Evgeniya Dudina, Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Eranga K. Galappaththi, Claudia Geffner-Fuenmayor, Drew Gerkey, Marcos Glauser, Eric Hirsch, Tomás Huanca, José Tomás Ibarra, Andrea E. Izquierdo, Leneisja Junsberg, Marisa Lanker, Yolanda López-Maldonado, Juliette Mariel, Giulia Mattalia, Mohamed D. Miara, Miquel Torrents-Ticó, Maedeh Salimi, Aibek Samakov, Reinmar Seidler, Victoria Sharakhmatova, Uttam Babu Shrestha, Alpy Sharma, Priyatma Singh, Tungalag Ulambayar, Rihan Wu, Ibrahim S. Zakari

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The effects of climate change depend on specific local circumstances, posing a challenge for worldwide research to comprehensively encompass the diverse impacts on various local social-ecological systems. Here we use a place-specific but cross-culturally comparable protocol to document climate change indicators and impacts as locally experienced and analyze their distribution. We collected first-hand data in 48 sites inhabited by Indigenous Peoples and local communities and covering all climate zones and nature-dependent livelihoods. We documented 1,661 site-agreed reports of change corresponding to 369 indicators. Reports of change vary according to climate zone and livelihood activity. We provide compelling evidence that climate change impacts on Indigenous Peoples and local communities are ongoing, tangible, widespread, and affect multiple elements of their social-ecological systems. Beyond potentially informing contextualized adaptation plans, our results show that local reports could help identify economic and non-economic loss and damage related to climate change impacts suffered by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications Earth and Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2024


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