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Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event

Nakamura, Naohiro and Kanemasu, Yoko (2020) Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event. Regional Environmental Change, 20 (23). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1436-3798

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    Abstract

    This article examines responses by four remote communities in Fiji to the extensive damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston (TCW) of 2016, differences among these communities, and factors that make a particular community more disaster-resilient than others. In Fiji, traditional knowledge of climate and disaster mitigation has been known to contribute to better disaster management resilience by communities. TCW of 2016 is one of the strongest cyclones that have struck the islands of Fiji, and many of its remote communities were severely damaged. Responses to the damage caused by TCW varied from community to community, and resilience was shown to depend on the availability of traditional knowledge of climate and disaster mitigation as well as the effective mobilization of social capital exhibited in the long-standing tradition in Fijian villages of mutual help within the community. Our findings suggest that communities without such resources are often left out in recovery processes and may be in particular need of support.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Naohiro Nakamura
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 15:51
    Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 15:51
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11999
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