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Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure (IKRI):
A Tool for the Sendai Framework implementation

The “Global Research Initiative and Knowledge Repository” called the “Indigenous Knowledge Research Infrastructure (IKRI)”, that uses frontier technologies to develop a digital infrastructure, to capture, process, analyze, and present indigenous knowledge from multiple sources, is a unique and novel tool being developed to drive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get back on track to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, contributing to the theme of 2022 Multi-stakeholder Forum on STI.

This digital infrastructure initiative includes a "Technology-Based Repository", which was conceptualized as part of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit process, with the collective efforts led by CANEUS, FILAC and UNOOSA together with FAO, IFAD, UN-DESA, and global stakeholders representing both Indigenous and scientific communities, as well those with stake in the implementation of SDGs.


Simultaneous interpretation provided in English and Spanish


May 25, 2022
19:30 - 21:00 (Bali UTC+8) 7:30 – 9:00 (NY, EST)


IKRI expects to stimulate collaborations between disaster management authorities, developers and providers, and Indigenous communities for promoting nature-based solutions in DRR.

  1. Introduce the IKRI Global Research Initiative and Knowledge Repository concept to DRR community
  2. Understand interests and the requirement of DRR stakeholders
  3. Stimulate collaborations between disaster management authorities, and the Indigenous communities for promoting nature-based solutions in DRR
  4. Examine policy and regulatory aspects of IKRI focusing on intellectual property rights related to indigenous knowledge
  5. Build global support network for design, development, and implementation of IKRI



While the Indigenous knowledge-IK is vital for DRR covering land, oceans, ecosystems, and societal transitions, there are challenges and barriers for Indigenous communities to implement workable and replicable solutions in pursuit of building disaster and climate resilience.  

  1. IK is widely scattered, at times, exists in small pockets; much of the IK is transferred through practices and not well-documents.  
  2. There is an urgent need of capturing, preserving, and nurturing the DRR system-specific components of IK  
  3. Need to derive simplified knowledge products that are outcome of research to create baselines and targets for Indigenous communities.  
  4. Need to strengthen technical capacity of indigenous communities to consolidate existing knowledge that may be useful to assess disaster risks, vulnerabilities, and exposure to all hazards. 
  5. Need to empower Indigenous youths to use integrated technologies driven DRR solutions to address the challenges with accelerated technological inequalities amongst the Indigenous Peoples

Scope (Guiding Questions)

  1. What are the challenges for integrating Indigenous knowledge with emerging technology-based solutions for implementation of Sendai Framework? 
  2. What are the requirements of key stakeholders those interested in indigenous knowledge related to SFDRR, and how these can be incorporated into IKRI? 
  3. How to tap into existing scattered data from the public/private domain for IKRI? 
  4. How to develop and test IKRI prototype to make a robust infrastructure to support SFDRR? 



This interactive, innovative, and impact-focused event will include moderated panel discussion, demonstration of use cases and experiences, and quick polls, organized with the collective efforts of multi-stakeholder organizing team, representing global networks, Intergovernmental Organization, Local Governments, United Nations system entities, Academic Institutions, and Member States representing Friends of Indigenous Peoples.

It will be held in a virtual format using multi-lingual Zoom platform (English and Spanish simultaneous interpretation).

Dr. Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS
  • Drs. Mirna Cunningham, Spokesperson for UN SDG 10, Reducing Inequalities, VP of FILAC
  • Mr. Gabriel Muyuy Jacanamejoy, Technical Secretary FILAC
  • Dr Shirish Ravan, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
  • Dr Simon Lambert, University of Saskatchewan


Organizing Partners