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Title: "Na Neitou Qele Ga Qo" ("This Is Our Only Land"): Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change in Rural Indigenous Fijians
Contributor(s): Lykins, Amy D  (author)orcid ; Nunn, Patrick  (author); Kumar, Roselyn (author); Sundaraja, Cassandra  (author)orcid ; Cosh, Suzanne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2024-02-09
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.5964/gep.11239
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It has long been recognized that the Pacific Small Island Developing States are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, emphasizing the urgency with which adaptation planning and efforts need to be realized. History supports the resiliency of Pacific peoples, though a number of challenges to adaptive capacity have been noted in the previous literature, which has largely focused on low-lying atoll nations. To provide a different perspective, we interviewed 71 Indigenous and other traditional Fijians living in rural villages across a range of geographical locations to collect information on observed environmental changes, and adaptation efforts and challenges. Following an inductive thematic analysis, results identified changing patterns of consumption and production related to unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, with impacts on both overall food security and the financial viability of these communities. A number of physical adaptations to the villages themselves had been effected, which were costly and met with equivocal success. Consideration of migration to different geographical locations was minimal and undesirable. We provide recommendations for the culturally responsive, co-production of knowledge, resilience building, and adaptation planning with Indigenous and other traditional communities that meaningfully integrates scientific knowledge and respect for the wishes of these communities

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Global Environmental Psychology, v.2, p. 1-30
Publisher: Leibniz-Institut fuer Psychologie,Leibniz Institute for Psychology
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 2750-6630
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520505 Social psychology
410103 Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
451309 Pacific Peoples land, culture and identity
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 190103 Social impacts of climate change and variability
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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