Islands of Hope Project: Pan-Pacific Indigenous Responses to Globalisation and Climate Change from Taiwan to Chile

PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED.

Event details

SSGM Seminar Series

Date & time

Thursday 04 November 2021
11am–12pm

Venue

Hedley Bull Seminar Room 2, Building 130, Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Regina Macalandag, George Carter, Zag Puas, Anita Togolo and Paul D’Arcy

Contacts

DPA

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday 16 August. It will now be held on Thursday 4 November.”

In this presentation, the speakers will discuss specific ways local Indigenous communities are enhancing community climate resilience, economic autonomy, and local environmental sustainability in cost effective ways. Regina Macalandag examines Filipino Bajau marine knowledge, Zag Puas looks at enhanced food security in Micronesia, George Carter talks about Pacific global climate diplomacy, and Anita Togolo sheds light on the efficacy of local social organization on Bougainville. Themes relevant to aid donors, policy makers and researchers include the ongoing relevance of local knowledge, efficacy of decision-making partnerships between local knowledge holders and government agencies, beneficial knowledge exchanges between Indigenous communities, and the effectiveness and enthusiasm of mobilized youth.

This project involved 35 contributors based across the full breadth of the Pacific from Taiwan and the Kimberley in the west to Ecuador and Chile in the east and many islands communities between who came together to honour the life of international award-winning Tahitian conservationist, the late Papa Mape. Each contributor details specific ways local Indigenous communities are enhancing community climate resilience, economic autonomy and local environmental sustainability in cost effective ways while at the same time lobbying on the world stage for more effective, global responses on global warming. Common, noteworthy themes of relevance to aid donors, policy makers and young scholars interested in this area of research include the ongoing efficacy of local knowledge, the benefits arising from both decision-making partnerships between local knowledge holders and government agencies, and from knowledge exchanges between Indigenous communities, and the effectiveness and enthusiasm of youth mobilized for the project’s objectives. The 18 case studies in the project are mapped below and stretch from Austronesian-speaking communities in Taiwan to the Mapuche peoples of Chile.

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