Valuing Indigenous Knowledge for climate change adaptation planning in Fiji and Vanuatu

McNamara, Karen Elizabeth and Prasad, Shirleen Shomila (2013) Valuing Indigenous Knowledge for climate change adaptation planning in Fiji and Vanuatu. Traditional Knowledge Bulletin, .

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Author McNamara, Karen Elizabeth
Prasad, Shirleen Shomila
Title Valuing Indigenous Knowledge for climate change adaptation planning in Fiji and Vanuatu
Journal name Traditional Knowledge Bulletin
Publication date 2013-07-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Publisher UNU-IAS
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Pacific Island communities are heavily reliant on natural resources to sustain their livelihoods and as a consequence they have developed an intimate understanding of their local environment. Communities have been using their knowledge of the land and sea to monitor changes in their local surroundings, use and manage resources, and adapt to local environmental changes and extreme weather events. Increasingly this knowledge is being recognised as a crucial ingredient in community-based climate change adaptation planning. This article explores how three communities in Fiji and three communities in Vanuatu have adapted to local environmental change or events. Some of the strategies used by locals have included: re-vegetating coastal foreshores with native species; careful household preparation prior to cyclones or flooding events; using innovative water storage practices during times of drought; and employing food preservation strategies during times of cyclones or drought. The article seeks to build on discussions concerning the value and importance of Indigenous knowledge in planning for resilient communities in the future.
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Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://www.unutki.org/news.php?news_id=182&doc_id=39

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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