The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Endogenous Technologies and the Natural Capital: Cross-Sectorial Capacities & Adaptation

Endogenous technologies are the first climate technologies, developed through millennia by indigenous communities in response to climate, natural resources and local needs. Historically, they embraced a diverse range of sectors, water management, forestry and agriculture to infrastructure and the built environment.

Since 1970, socio-economic changes have led to the decline of these technologies and it has become apparent that sometimes imported foreign technologies and solutions are not passing the test of time. Growing vulnerability of some regions due to adverse climate change effects, political as well as economic instability means that there is a pressing need to adapt endogenous technologies in developing countries in order to build local resilience. Use of regional materials, labour and adaptation of local »know how« will provide impactful and cost-effective solutions for a long term self-sufficient sustainable development model.

This COP23 side event will take place on 13 November and will be moderated by AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews. Read more about the event below.

When: 13 November; 15:00-16:30 pm CET
Where: Mali Pavilion, Bonn Zone; Bonn, Germany
How to Attend: This is an open event at COP23's Bonn Zone

This event is co-organised by the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the Government of the Republic of Mali, Meteo (Mali), ENDA Energie CTCN Consortium Partner (Senegal) and3 ideas Ltd CTCN Network Member (London) will bring together case studies with the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and Capacity Building practices.

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) connects developing countries with technology experts and financiers from around the world, identifying the best matches and then facilitating capacity building and technology transfer. As the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, the CTCN is hosted and managed by the UN Environment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 400 network partners around the world.

Endogenous technologies as environmentally sound climate technologies form part of all three Climate Change Conventions including UNFCCC as well as the Paris Agreement. This first of its kind side event will combine the best practices from the built environment, agriculture, meteorological forecasting and regional economic analysis in an attempt to explore cross-sectorial capacities for endogenous technologies adaptation.

Speakers include:
Mrs Mme KéïtaAïdaM'Bo Minister of the Environment, Sanitation and Sustainable Development; Mr Tomasz Chruszczow – Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of UNFCCC; Mr Jukka Uosukainen – Director of CTCN; Mr Biranta Diarra, Director of Meteo, Mali; Mr Libasse BA – Economist, ENDA, CTCN Consortium Partner and Dr Sandra Piesik – Architect, Director of 3 ideas Ltd, CTCN Network Member. Moderator: Dr John Matthews - Coordinator and co-founder of Alliance for Global Water Adaptation AGWA