Framework for integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge for disaster risk reduction

Jessica Mercer*, Ilan Kelman, Lorin Taranis, Sandie Suchet-Pearson

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Abstract

A growing awareness of the value of indigenous knowledge has prompted calls for its use within disaster risk reduction. The use of indigenous knowledge alongside scientific knowledge is increasingly advocated but there is as yet no clearly developed framework demonstrating how the two may be integrated to reduce community vulnerability to environmental hazards. This paper presents such a framework, using a participatory approach in which relevant indigenous and scientific knowledge may be integrated to reduce a community's vulnerability to environmental hazards. Focusing on small island developing states it presents an analysis of the need for such a framework alongside the difficulties of incorporating indigenous knowledge. This is followed by an explanation of the various processes within the framework, drawing on research completed in Papua New Guinea. This framework is an important first step in identifying how indigenous and scientific knowledge may be integrated to reduce community vulnerability to environmental hazards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-239
Number of pages26
JournalDisasters
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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