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The Role of By-Laws in Enhancing the Integration of Indigenous Knowledge

Elia Mwanga


To address the problem of climate change, all countries must join together in implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Further measures, including community-based projects, should be integrated into climate change responses. Studies show that indigenous knowledge can also contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Paris Agreement that was adopted in 2015 also recognises that indigenous knowledge has a role to play in addressing the problem of climate change. Effective use of indigenous knowledge entails the existence of appropriate legal regimes, to back up its application. Most principal legislation provides only a framework for the use of indigenous knowledge, however, it is often the case that comprehensive and detailed provisions for the use of indigenous knowledge can be found in subsidiary legislation/municipal by-laws. This study therefore attempts to examine the extent these by-laws enhance the integration of indigenous knowledge into climate change strategies.

Assistant lecturer, University of Dodoma, School of Law; Ph.D Candidate - University of Dar es Salaam. This article is part of the author’s Ph.D thesis to be submitted at the University of Dar es Salaam, School of Law. For Correspondence: <>


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