Climate change and knowledge from Peru’s indigenous roots

From 1 to 12 December, Peru will host the 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change — the latest in a series of meetings by the UN’s decision-making body on climate action.

The event is promoting the participation of indigenous peoples, who are set to voice their views and discuss solutions at the meeting. And Peru’senvironment minister, who has spoken about the role of science, technology and traditional knowledge in tackling climate change.
Through images and interviews, this feature probes how science and traditional knowledge are combined at the Potato Park — an area in the Cusco region of Peru where indigenous Quechua communities live and work to systematically preserve hundreds of varieties of the native potato as well as other Andean root vegetables and tubers.