Potential for cascading impacts of environmental change and policy on indigenous culture
Yletyinen, J., Tylianakis, J. M., Stone, C., & Lyver, P. O. (2022). Potential for cascading impacts of environmental change and policy on indigenous culture. Ambio, 51(5), 1110-1122. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01670-3
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Global environmental and societal changes threaten the cultures of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC). Despite the importance of IPLC worldviews and knowledge to sustaining human well-being and biodiversity, risks to these cultural resources are commonly neglected in environmental governance, in part because impacts can be indirect and therefore difficult to evaluate. Here, we investigate the connectivity of values associated with the relationship Ngātiwai (a New Zealand Māori tribe) have with their environment. We show that mapping the architecture of values-environment relationships enables assessment of how deep into culture the impacts of environmental change or policy can cascade. Our results detail how loss of access to key environmental elements could potentially have extensive direct and cascading impacts on the cultural values of Ngātiwai, including environmental responsibilities. Thus, considering only direct effects of environmental change or policy on cultural resources, or treating IPLC social-ecological relations simplistically, can severely underestimate threats to cultures. ...
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Additional information about fundingThe research was funded by Nga¯ Pae o te Ma¯ramatanga (Nga¯ Ture o te Tai Ao Project) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Vision Ma¯tauranga Capability Investment (C09X1526) and Strategic Science Investment Funding for Crown Research Institutes.
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