A new journal of biocultural system s & livelihoods

Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge that communities and ecosystems across the world face today. Indigenous peoples and local communities living in biodiverse and fragile ecosystems of the planet are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to their direct reliance on local, natural systems for their livelihoods, well-being and cultural expressions. Paradoxically, they also potentially hold vital knowledge, gained through co-evolutionary relationships with the natural systems that have enabled their survival and resilience. Understanding climate change, its impacts on local and global systems, and potential solutions requires touching upon concerns of how to link the social to the environmental within a framework of equity and justice. It requires dialogue across scales from the local to the global. Holistic approaches, such as indigenous and biocultural approaches offer potential avenues for understanding the challenge and building appropriate solutions. This new, open-access transdisciplinary journal Culture, Climate and Change: Biocultural Systems and Livelihoods aims to critically engage with and disseminate biocultural approaches to understanding and responding to climate change and global change processes. The journal puts into practice the ‘epistemic bridging’ that lies at the heart of indigenous peoples’ biocultural understanding of territory, community, climate and ecosystems through sharing across practice based learning, research findings and conceptual papers. In light of a commitment to building epistemological bridges between different knowledge systems, the journal will use an open peer review process which aims to promote an environment of cooperation, knowledge exchange and networking between authors and reviewers of the journal community.

CALL FOR PAPERS FIRST ISSUE The first issue is now open for submissions. Articles will begin to be published in January 2012 and can continue to be published until the issue closes. Contributions should emphasise the interconnected reality of indigenous biocultural systems and how they enable adaptive capacity, resilience and mitigation. Submissions that provide local perspectives and knowledge as well as academic and professional inquiry into the discourses and practices of socio-ecological and biocultural complex systems, climate change, conservation, endogenous development and indigenous rights are all welcome. Original articles, research report summaries and brief communications are welcome. A feature of this first issue will be a section on REDD and REDD+. We are particularly interested in articles that explore the relationship between the rights of forest dwelling indigenous peoples and climate change mitigation mechanisms for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Types of Papers: • • • Research Articles (5 – 8,000 words) Essays Book and report reviews INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS Please visit the CCC:BSL site at for all the information on how to format your manuscript, as well as on-line submissions. Please note that you must register (go to as an author to be able to submit your manuscript. For more information: Completed manuscripts submitted by December 23rd will be considered for the journal launch in January 2012. Manuscripts submitted after this date will also be considered for the first issue, which will continue to publish papers through till March 2012. Short contributions: Maximum length 2,000 words Research articles: Maximum length 8,000 words JOURNAL EDITORS Dr Marina Apgar, Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA) initiative, Asociacion ANDES, Cusco, Peru Dr Will Allen, Learning for Sustainability -

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