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Indigenous knowledge for disaster risk reduction: documenting community practices in Papua New Guinea

Source(s):  International Organization for Migration (IOM)
National Disaster Centre (NDC)

This study aims to identify and document local indigenous knowledge related to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It presents a collection of indigenous practices that were developed over time by communities in PNG, in response to a variety of hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, droughts, landslides and tsunamis.

The study is based on general observations, data collection, literature reviews and participatory surveys. Primary data was collected from local communities and stakeholders in three Provinces in PNG. Three workshops were held in Kimbe, West New Britain WNB, Bulolo Village, Morobe and Oro. The events were attended by disaster officers and government employees, representatives of NGOs and community members.



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  • Indigenous knowledge for disaster risk reduction: documenting community practices in Papua New Guinea
  • Publication date 2015
  • Author(s) Sithole, Wonesai; Naser, Mostafa; Guadagno, Lorenzo
  • Number of pages 24 p.

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