Setting the Scene

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


Mitigation and adaptation are defined in this chapter in the context of how they fit within the debate and action here in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Several indigenous scholars argue that these should not be thought of separately, but as one set of challenges. This is a perspective that best suits indigenous knowledge (IK) beliefs and practices as a way of dealing with the impact from climate change. As a Pacific Island nation and one apex of the Polynesian triangle, Aotearoa/New Zealand has its own IK frameworks, which have origins in the Pacific. The Pacific-Māori links will be discussed, as will the origins of Māori ecological knowledge within Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Māori and Pacific networks Mitigation Adaptation Sea-level rise Flooding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyn Carter
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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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