IHACC is a multi-year, trans-disciplinary, community-based initiative working with remote Indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon, Canadian Arctic, and Uganda to examine vulnerabilities to the health effects of climate change and develop an evidentiary base for adaptation. Funded by the IDRC and Canadian tri-councils, the project is based out of McGill University and the University of Guelph in Canada, Cayetano University in Peru, and Makerere University in Uganda, and is working closely with communities, Indigenous organizations, and government partners in the three regions.

Objectives and beneficiaries

The overall aim of the research program is to apply scientific and Indigenous Knowledge to empower remote Indigenous communities to adapt to the health effects of climate change on health. his will be achieved through 7 specific objectives:

1. Characterize current vulnerability
2. Estimate future vulnerability
3. Implement and monitor pilot interventions
4. Comparative analysis
5. Develop adaptation plans
6. Create adaptation leaders
7. Indigenous Knowledge Bank creation

Strong points of the practice

The research program will train adaptation leaders within the scientific community, partner organizations, and communities, who have the tools, experience and knowledge to continue, develop, and promote adaptation during and after project completion.
Training of scientists, students, community members, and partner organizations is a key component of the IHACC program which seeks to create health adaptation leaders who have the skills to develop, promote, and advance adaptation after project completion.

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Indigenous and scientific knowledge on health vulnerability and adaptation will be mobilized to implement pilot adaptation interventions at a local level. The overarching goal of IHACC is to combine science and Indigenous Knowledge to empower Indigenous peoples and their health systems to adapt to climate change. Intervention is a key component of the research program.

Replicability potential of the practice

Canada Peru and Uganda.