Coping with extreme weather: communities in Fiji and Vanuatu share their experiences and knowledge

McNamara, Karen Elizabeth and Prasad, Shirleen S. (2014) Coping with extreme weather: communities in Fiji and Vanuatu share their experiences and knowledge. Climatic Change, 123 2: 121-132. doi:10.1007/s10584-013-1047-2


Author McNamara, Karen Elizabeth
Prasad, Shirleen S.
Title Coping with extreme weather: communities in Fiji and Vanuatu share their experiences and knowledge
Journal name Climatic Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0009
1573-1480
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-1047-2
Volume 123
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 132
Total pages 12
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Local communities across the Pacific Island region have long prepared for and managed extreme weather events. Strategies to cope with extreme weather, particularly cyclones and droughts, have involved using particular planting techniques, initiating innovative water storage practices, and employing food preservation tactics to survive. These local experiences and knowledge have been passed on between generations through stories and sharing practical know-how; however, very little formal documentation has transpired to date. This research attempts to document and synthesis these experiences and knowledge to safeguard them through written accounts but also demonstrate how Pacific communities can provide valuable, appropriate and effective strategies to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events. In-depth interviews (n = 40) were conducted with community members from three villages in Fiji (Naselesele, Qeleni and Yanuca) and three villages in Vanuatu (Piliura, Tassiriki and Lonamilo). While typically missing from community vulnerability and risk assessments in the Pacific, local experiences and knowledge are a core strength in enhancing adaptive capacity and planning community-based activities.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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