Indigenous Pacific Approaches to Climate Change

Pacific Island Countries

  • Jenny Bryant-Tokalau

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

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About this book


This book explores how Pacific Island communities are responding to the challenges wrought by climate change—most notably fresh water accessibility, the growing threat of disease, and crop failure. The Pacific Island nations are not alone in facing these challenges, but their responses are unique in that they arise from traditional and community-based understandings of climate and disaster. Knowledge sharing, community education, and widespread participation in decision-making have promoted social resilience to such challenges across the Pacific. In this exploration of the Pacific Island countries, Bryant-Tokalau demonstrates that by understanding the inter-relatedness of local expertise, customary resource management, traditional knowledge and practice, as well as the roles of leaders and institutions, local “knowledge-practice-belief systems” can be used to inform adaptation to disasters wherever they occur.


disaster anthropology environmental disaster indigenous knowledge resource management adaptation social change

Authors and affiliations

  • Jenny Bryant-Tokalau
    • 1
  1. 1.Te TumuUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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