The Guna people live in Guna Yala, an archipelago in which most inhabited islands are threatened by rising sea level caused by climate change. Guna Yala contains 81 per cent of Panama’s reefs and has high levels of biodiversity.[footnote]McEntee, M. Assessment of Genetic Connectivity and Potential Management Plans for the Coral Reef Ecosystems of Guna Yala , Panama Assessment of Genetic Connectivity and Potential Management Plans for the Coral Reef Ecosystems of Guna Yala , Panama. (2012). at <http://digitalcollections.sit.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2496&context=isp_collection>[/footnote] The Guna undertake fieldwork to analyse and diagnose problems associated with climate change, both in relation to the ecosystem and in relation to their own socio-cultural and economic systems. Through their research, the Guna have been able to identify and monitor several impacts, including increased mortality of coral reefs, drying up of mangroves and erosion of sandy island ecosystems. These have negative impacts not only on biodiversity, but also on the traditional management of the islands by the Guna.
How members of the Maya Kaqchikel community predict changes in the weather
This short film shows how members of the Maya Kaqchikel community in Guatemala predict changes in the weather
Forest Peoples Programme22 December 2022
Indigenous Digir women maintain food security for their community.
Nana Yala (Mother Earth) follows a collective of Indigenous women from the Digir Community in Panama as they work together on their fields
Zenu Indigenous women grow crops for their community
This micro-documentary speaks to the members of the Zenú women’s collective, who work together on the land to grow crops for their community.