Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Indigenous Rights and Climate Change - Chad

Ms. Ibrahim is an expert in indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change, traditional ecological knowledge, and climate change mitigation strategies. She is Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change.
From a Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad, Ms. Ibrahim founded the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and works to empower indigenous voices and ensure their inclusion on international platforms. She lead several concrete projects that improved access to basic need of indigenous peoples, while promoting their unique contribution to the protection of the environment.
“For centuries, indigenous peoples have protected the environment, which provides them food, medicine and so much more. Now it’s time to protect their unique traditional knowledge that can bring concrete solutions to implement sustainable development goals and fight climate change.” - Hindou Ibrahim

She mobilized the community to guarantee survival in a each time more arid climate, and changes the way in which her own people see women. She is an indigenous peoples leader and represents de interests of indigenous communities at the UN climate talks. She is also co-chair of the IIPFCC.

Mbororo, means «cattle sheperds», is an ethnic sub-group of 250.000 members which are part of the Fulani, the greatest nomad community which lives in central and western Africa. She witnessed how climate affects the life of her community depending on agriculture and cattle raising.

Ibrahim began the first major dialogue among the Lake Chad area's numerous cultures and communities. Together, they are creating a 3D map of the environmentally fragile region to inform conservation and resource management while promoting security.

Ibrahim's work with indigenous communities at the local, regional and international levels gives a voice to the voiceless, inviting governments and the private sector to listen.

Her advocacy for Indigenous communities and her commitment to integrating Indigenous knowledge with Western science to create a healthier planet has won her numerous honors including the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award.

She has also been appointed as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, a Conservation International Senior Indigenous Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer, among many other recognitions.