Dr Nigel Crawhall is Director of Secretariat for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee. He has recently worked with IPACC to publish a introduction to indigenous and traditional knowledge in African national adaptation plans. He is currently a Special Climate Advisor to the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) as well the Chair of the Specialist Group on Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation and Climate Justice (Respecc). He contributes to IUCN’s World Heritage Division and assists the IUCN climate delegation on social policy and constituency issues.
He is a former advisor to UNESCO on cultural mapping and intercultural dialogue and has worked with the EU-ACP Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation on the implementation of Participatory 3D Modelling by indigenous peoples in Africa. His specialisation is on the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge systems in conservation, livelihoods, sustainability and climate adaptation.
He holds an undergraduate BA Hons in Political Science from McGill University and a PhD in Sociolinguistics from the University of Cape Town. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and works regionally on the African continent with pastoralist and hunter-gatherer peoples.