The world’s indigenous peoples, whom occupy 80 per cent of the planet’s ecosystems and consist of 300 million people, are increasingly more vulnerable to both climate change and forced climate displacement by governments. Despite being at a political disadvantage and vulnerable to climate-related disasters, indigenous and resource-dependent communities can be excellent at disaster risk management (DRM), due to their Indigenous Knowledge (IK) systems, and their relationship with the environment and their community. This project aims to investigate how indigenous perceptions of global climate change influence and shape coping behavior and livelihood resilience of households and communities in Taiwan. Taiwan is increasingly vulnerable to global climate change, and its indigenous communities, whom predominantly live in rural areas, in particular. The central question of this project is: what perceptions do Taiwan’s indigenous communities have of global climate change and what is the influence of these perceptions on their coping strategies and livelihood resilience towards climate-related hazards? This project adopts a mixed-methods approach. First of all, it targets 100 households in Atayal communities in Northern Taiwan to see how local people in indigenous community are facing and coping with climate change. Secondly, semi-structured interviews will be conducted with rural households, traditional leaders, experts or other stakeholders. The findings of this project have both a scientific and societal relevance. The project aims to reveal a basic understanding on indigenous communities of their perspectives on climate change and livelihood resilience. This research adopts a ‘people-centered’ approach and applied it to disaster risk management (DRM) and post-disaster recovery. This project lasted for 8 months and concluded with a series of workshops on livelihood resilience of indigenous peoples to global climate change in Taiwan.
|Effective start/end date||2019/09/01 → 2020/04/30|
- indigenous peoples; indigenous knowledge; Taiwan; livelihood resilience; climate change; coping strategies; disaster risk management; post-disaster recovery
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