Protecting what is left after colonisation: embedding climate adaptation planning in traditional owner narratives

Lyons, Ilisapeci, Hill, Rosemary, Deshong, Samarla, Mooney, Gary, and Turpin, Gerald (2020) Protecting what is left after colonisation: embedding climate adaptation planning in traditional owner narratives. Geographical Research, 58 (1). pp. 34-48.

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Climate change is disproportionally affecting Indigenous peoples' livelihoods across the globe. Despite this fact, climate adaptation planning and responses are not immediate concerns for most Indigenous people, whose key challenges are deeply embedded in colonial history. Through collaborative research centred on climate adaptation planning with the Yuibera and Koinmerburra Traditional Owner groups on the Great Barrier Reef Catchments, we demonstrate that Traditional Owners' primary concerns are in aligning the climate adaptation opportunity with their own strategies for Indigenous cultural renewal and survival. Their Indigenous identity generates a responsibility to protect cultural landscapes, sites, and their connections with these places. In this case study, to “protect what is left” of Indigenous material culture and socio‐cultural relationships emerged as the best approach to climate adaptation planning, providing both the decolonisation narrative and the means to strengthen their Indigenous practices. Planning for climate change adaptation is useful for Indigenous peoples when it supports decolonising, strengthens Indigenous customary practices, and recognises customary governance.

Item ID: 66282
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-5871
Copyright Information: © 2020 Institute of Australian Geographers
Funders: Australian Government (AG)
Projects and Grants: AG Clean Energy Future Plan Program
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 00:18
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410103 Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation @ 50%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4503 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management > 450303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental conservation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190101 Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) @ 50%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210402 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to land and environment @ 50%
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