Islands of Hope

Islands of Hope

Indigenous Resource Management in a Changing Pacific

Edited by: Paul D’Arcy, Daya Dakasi Da-Wei Kuan

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In the Pacific, as elsewhere, indigenous communities live with the consequences of environmental mismanagement and over-exploitation but rarely benefit from the short-term economic profits such actions may generate within the global system.

National and international policy frameworks ultimately rely on local community assent. Without effective local participation and partnership, these extremely imposed frameworks miss out on millennia of local observation and understanding and seldom deliver viable and sustained environmental, cultural and economic benefits at the local level.

This collection argues that environmental sustainability, indigenous political empowerment and economic viability will succeed only by taking account of distinct local contexts and cultures. In this regard, these Pacific indigenous case studies offer ‘islands of hope’ for all communities marginalised by increasingly intrusive—and increasingly rapid—technological changes and by global dietary, economic, political and military forces with whom they have no direct contact or influence.


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May 2023
ANU Press
Pacific Series
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies

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Section One: Pacific Indigenous sustainable development

  1. Intimacies: Poetics of a land beloved (PDF, 0.1MB)Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo`ole Osorio doi
  2. Beauty beyond the Eye of the Beholder: The efficacy of Indigenous seasonal calendars in northern Australia (PDF, 1.8MB)Emma Woodward doi
  3. Knowledge and Practices of Growing Wild Edible Plants in ‘Amis Home Gardens: Content and social distribution of a traditional ecological knowledge system of ‘Etolan, southeastern Taiwan (PDF, 2.0MB) – Su-Mei Lo and Jer-Ming Hu doi
  4. Traditional Pacific Agrosystems and Sustainability into the Future: Vanuatu as a case study (PDF, 1.5MB)Vincent Lebot and Stuart Bedford doi

Section Two: Reviving the land and the sea

  1. The Badjao and the Sea: Indigenous entanglements with coastal resource management—The case of the ‘settled’ sea nomads in the Philippines (PDF, 0.1MB)Regina Macalandag doi
  2. The Importance of Aboriginal Marine Park Management Concepts for Australia (PDF, 0.2MB)Chels A. Marshall doi
  3. Integrated Indigenous Management of Land and Marine Protected Areas in Teahupo`o (Tahiti, French Polynesia): A way to enhance ecological and cultural resilience (PDF, 1.8MB)Tamatoa Bambridge, Marguerite Taiarui, Patrick Rochette, Takurua Parent and Pauline Fabre doi
  4. Indigenous Youth Responses to Water and Waste Management in Kuchuwa, Federated States of Micronesia (PDF, 0.1MB)Myjolynne Kim, Gonzaga Puas and Nicholas Halter doi

Section Three: Local Responses to Climate Change

  1. Indigenous Responses to Environmental Challenges: Artificial islands and the challenges of relocation (PDF, 0.1MB)Jenny Bryant-Tokalau doi
  2. The Future of the Federated States of Micronesia in the Era of Climate Change (PDF, 0.3MB)Gonzaga Puas doi
  3. ‘We Are Not Drowning’: Pacific identity and cultural sustainability in the era of climate change (PDF, 0.1MB)Lynette Carter doi
  4. Negotiating Political Climate Change Agency in the Pacific Region (PDF, 0.2MB)Salā George Carter doi

Section Four: Pacific Lessons for Humanity

  1. Collective Land Tenure Systems and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation among Māori Farmers in Aotearoa New Zealand (PDF, 0.2MB)Tanira Kingi, Steve Wakelin, Phil Journeaux and Graham West doi
  2. Matriliny under Siege? Exploring the matrilineal descent system in a modernising Bougainville (PDF, 0.9MB)Anita Togolo doi
  3. Collective Action for Sustainable Development: A case study of a Tayal Indigenous community in Taiwan (PDF, 2.5MB)Ai-Ching Yen and Yin-An Chen doi
  4. Māori and Pacific Islander Cultural, Educational and Economic Exchanges with the Mapuche of Southern Chile (PDF, 0.7MB)Roannie Ng Shiu and Paul D’Arcy doi
  5. Sumak Kawsay and Biodiversity Conflicts in the Galápagos Islands: A case study of the relationship between local fisherfolk, sea lions and state environmental discourses (PDF, 0.1MB)José Guerrero Vela doi
  6. The Ocean in the Anthropocene: Pacific perspectives (PDF, 0.9MB)Melody Tay doi

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