1. Introduction : Indigenous peoples of LAC ; Climate change and climatic variability in LAC ; Determinants of vulnerability ; Approach and outline of study -- 2. Indigenous peoples of the Amazon : Threats and perceptions of climate change ; Effects of climate change on indigenous peoples' livelihoods ; Transforming structures and processes ; Institutional framework ; Adaptation and survival strategies -- 3. Indigenous peoples of the Andes : Threats from climate change ; Andean region, Bolivia's northern Altiplano ; Sub-Andean region, Bolivia's northern Yungas -- 4. Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and Central America : Abrupt effects of extreme events ; Effects of slow-onset climate change processes ; Indirect social impacts from climate change -- 5. Indigenous peoples and climate change across the region : Threats ; Impacts ; Potential effects ; Adaptation ; Indigenous peoples, mitigation of climate change, and protection of biodiversity -- 6. Conclusions and recommendations : Indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean ; Culture, livelihood, institutions, and knowledge ; Impact of climate change on indigenous peoples ; Climate-change adaptation in an indigenous context ; Climate-change mitigation in an indigenous context ; Operational recommendations ; Needs for further research -- Appendix A. Climate change and climatic variability in Latin America and the Caribbean : Images of present change ; Images of the future ; Aspects of observed climate ; Global climate change issues ; Projections of regional climate change ; Further research -- Appendix B. Field work methodology. "This book addresses the implications of climate change on indigenous peoples and communities living in the highlands, lowlands, and coastal areas of Latin America and the Caribbean. Across the region, indigenous people already experience the negative effects of climate change and variability. Their livelihoods are threatened by insecure food supplies and poor health. In addition, their cultural integrity is challenged: Indigenous peoples often blame themselves for the changes they observe in nature, despite their limited emission of greenhouse gases. This book shows the complexity of how indigenous communities are affected by climate change, explores options for improving resilience, and provides guidance in the design of effective and sustainable adaptations." "Based on original fieldwork and supported by a host of data, this pioneering and much-needed study comes at a critical time, when policy makers and planners urgently need accurate information and operational guidance to design and implement interventions, such as REDD, to help protect the environment, along with the livelihoods of its custodians.--Anthony Hall, Professor, London School of Economics" "Indigenous peoples throughout the world are likely to suffer the worst impacts of climate change. This book uses the latest available knowledge to show how indigenous people themselves, governments, and international agencies can act now to increase the resilience of social and ecological systems on which indigenous peoples depend for their livelihoods. It will be of great value to analysts, decision makers, and scholars alike.--Arun Agrawal, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Michigan." "It is an important book that should be read by everyone that has a role in policies of adaptation and sustainable development in the region. Kronik and Verner have done a remarkable job and produced a useful and timely contribution for policy makers.--Antonio Magalhaes, Former Secretary of Planning, Brazil, and Director, ICID 2010" "This book integrates livelihood and sustainable development issues with social and cultural issues. It will be of value not only to researchers and policy specialists in these areas, but far more broadly, to all who work on sustainable development and environmental justice.--Benjamin Orlove, Professor, Columbia University" "This book explains the complex ways indigenous peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean are affected by climate change and how they are trying to adapt and increase their resilience. This book is highly recommended not only to policy makers but also those seriously seeking climate change solutions.--Vicky Taull-Corpuz, Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education, Philippines"--Jacket.