Integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge bases for disaster risk reduction in Papua New Guinea

Jessica Mercer*, Ilan Kelman, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Kate Lloyd

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Abstract

In investigating ways to reduce community vulnerability to environmental hazards it is essential to recognize the interaction between indigenous and scientific knowledge bases. Indigenous and scientific knowledge bases are dynamic entities. Using a Process Framework to identify how indigenous and scientific knowledge bases may be integrated, three communities impacted upon by environmental hazards in Papua New Guinea, a Small Island Developing State, have established how their vulnerability to environmental hazards may be reduced. This article explores the application of the framework within the communities of Kumalu, Singas and Baliau, and how this could impact upon the future management of environmental hazards within indigenous communities in Small Island Developing States.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-183
Number of pages27
JournalGeografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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