Learning from Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Understand Climate Change Impacts


How can native Hawaiians preserve their cultural ties to the land in a changing future climate? Using biocultural and participatory approaches, this project carries out an in-depth study of traditional and local ecological knowledge (TEK) in Ka‘ūpūlehu, Hawai‘i Island. Researchers and community members identify knowledge relevant to environmental change; the biological and cultural resources most valued by community members; and coping mechanisms, adaptation strategies and resources that promote social-ecological resiliency. Products include a compilation of TEK that relates adaptation to environmental change; maps of culturally important resources under current and predicted climate change scenarios and strategies for their conservation; the development of community-based monitoring plans for key cultural resources; as well as a TEK website.

 Final Report


 Data Served on Science Base

Suggested Citation

Ticktin, T. (2015). Learning from local ecological knowledge to understand climate change impacts and preserve key cultural and natural resources in Ka‘ūpūlehu, Hawai’I Final Report to PICCC (pp. 12). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i at Manoa.


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