Social-ecological Resiliency to Climate Change in Small Islands

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Researchers in the Ethnobotany Program as part of the Botany Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, plan on developing a new research collaboration in the Pacific: the Hawaii-Fiji workshop on social-ecological resiliency to climate change, preliminary data collection, and methods training for students.

The plan focuses on the collection and management of existing data necessary for developing a baseline for future research. The scholarly products of the workshop will be captured in published papers.

The goal of this research project will be to collect preliminary data including existing unpublished data (e.g., gray literature, technical reports from organizations working on the ground including local and international non-governmental organizations, local newspapers and popular publications) on traditional ecological knowledge and traditional resource management in the Pacific Islands, especially as related to agroforestry and fisheries management, and weather-related traditional ecological knowledge. The project will also collect data from existing field surveys to help identify appropriate site study and methodologies to use in subsequent research.