Māori Biosecurity

Wednesday, 14th August 2019
1:35 pm


Indigenous peoples have vast traditional knowledge’s, which have evolved over a millennium, that are relevant to modern environmental management theories and practices. This knowledge has an important role to play in creating contemporary solutions that may address many urgent and ‘wicked’ issues like the threats to global biodiversity associated with climate change and the transportation of invasive species. However, the role of this knowledge in the conservation of our environment has yet to be fully explored and utilised despite it offering significant opportunities for those states and jurisdictions that are prepared to resource indigenous participation in this increasingly important and dynamic area.

Given that all environmental concerns are, in some way, political-economic concerns, sustainability discourse sees a convergence of state, corporate, and community forces as vital in the ongoing revision of environmental management. In Aotearoa New Zealand there is a growing acknowledgement of the opportunities that indigenous knowledge, known as mātauranga Māori, can contribute to environmental solutions. Some of these efforts have been reflected at the policy and strategy levels and is manifested by an increasing number of science research and environmental management collaborations with Māori.

This presentation will discuss the need for the inclusion of indigenous people’s practices, methods and practitioners in modern environmental management work, leaning heavily on the role that mātauranga Māori has played in managing contemporary environmental biosecurity issues here in Aotearoa NZ. The presentation will note the wider issues and resistance surrounding the inclusion or exclusion of indigenous peoples and their knowledge in conservation globally.

View Melanie’s Presentation Shadbolt M Maori Biosecurity 2019 conf pp


Session Category :  2019 Full Programme 

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