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Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to Climate Change

Traditional Knowledge Adapting to Climate Change: Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the Pacific

Pacific islanders have been dealing with a changing environment for centuries. Adaptation to change is part of the lifestyles of the Pacific community, and traditional knowledge, values, and practices—or intangible cultural heritage (ICH)—underpins the ability of the Pacific community to successfully live and thrive in the Pacific environment. In synergy with other scientific knowledge, ICH may enhance the communities’ resilience against natural disasters and climate change. Consideration for culture should be integrated into reducing disaster risk and adapting climate change policies, plans, and actions.