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Introduction

  • Lyn Carter
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology book series (PSDA)

Abstract

The book Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change: Aotearoa/New Zealand has its genesis in conversations with my colleague, Jenny Bryant-Tokalau on how Aotearoa/New Zealand could benefit from many of the Pacific ways of understanding and dealing with environmental change across the Pacific. Aotearoa/New Zealand as a Pacific Island nation has much to learn from indigenous ways of knowing and understanding mitigation and adaptation brought about through the impacts of climate change. This chapter introduces how Aotearoa/New Zealand can benefit and learn from its Pacific Island neighbours and key to this is utilising Māori knowledge frameworks and practices. From an indigenous knowledge perspective, relationships between people and the other elements of an ecosystem are dynamic and constantly changing, thus requiring renegotiation to overcome challenges that present themselves.

Keywords

Pacific Island countries Climate change Indigenous knowledge Aotearoa/New Zealand 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyn Carter
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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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