Local knowledge and climate change adaptation on Erub Island, Torres Strait

McNamara, Karen Elizabeth and Westoby, Ross (2011) Local knowledge and climate change adaptation on Erub Island, Torres Strait. Local Environment, 16 9: 887-901. doi:10.1080/13549839.2011.615304

Author McNamara, Karen Elizabeth
Westoby, Ross
Title Local knowledge and climate change adaptation on Erub Island, Torres Strait
Journal name Local Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-9839
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13549839.2011.615304
Volume 16
Issue 9
Start page 887
End page 901
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Local knowledge is a valuable asset in observing and managing environmental change, and importantly, is an unheralded source of adaptive capacity. Torres Strait Islanders are no exception, having used such knowledge to adapt to biophysical changes in their environment for centuries. This article explores the ways in which Islanders have coped in the past with environmental changes to plan for their future. This article focuses on Erub Island in the eastern group of islands in the Torres Strait and charts the adaptation actions or activities employed by respected locals (Elders and Aunties). Drawing on their local knowledge, these actions or activities have included the building of rock walls and wind breaks, using native species to re-vegetate sand cays and the coastal foreshore, applying self-sufficient practices such as fish traps and gardening, reading and respecting country, and transferring this knowledge to the younger generation. In this way, it is the Islanders themselves who detail, based on their local knowledge, what is most appropriate for their community.
Keyword Adaptation
Climate change
Torres Strait
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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