YOUNGO Roll Call: African Young Scientists Initiative

YOUNGO Roll Call: African Young Scientists Initiative

YOUNGO Roll Call is a new series of blog posts in which we feature youth organizations around the world that are working on climate justice issues. Introduce your organization to the YOUNGO community by emailing info@youthclimate.org.

African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AYSICCIKS)

The primary goal of African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AYSICCIKS) is to empower young African scientists (and young people in general) to actively and effectively respond to climate change in their countries and communities. AYSICCIKS also aims to champion the recognition of indigenous knowledge in adaptation and mitigation.

Launched in 2010, the initiative is based at the University of Kwazulu Natal in Durban, South Africa and has been partially facilitated by the South African Department of Science and Technology. AYSICCIKS has members from more than 20 African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

In August 2011, the initiative brought together more 20 young climate researchers from various parts of Africa to Johannesburg to present and share their research findings on wide range of climate change-related issues such as adaptation, food security, traditional weather forecasting, REDD+ and many more. At COP17, AYSICCIKS members organized a side event and a roundtable discussion on the role of youth in combating climate change.

AYSICCIKS members and mentors also attended Rio+20 and organized a side event to showcase how African youth are addressing climate from research and information dissemination.

Information and photo provided by Thabit Jacob.