Risk management planning for climate change impacts on Māori coastal ecosystems and economies

art exhibition at the Dowse

Project Duration: 19 months (1 July 2017 – 30 Dec 2018)

Project Budget: $250,000 (GST excl.)

Coastal management in the context of climate change is particularly relevant for Māori communities that have strong inter-generational values and perspectives for their use of land, water and ecosystems. While New Zealand’s significant urban and infrastructure development in coastal areas is becoming affected by sea level rise, risk management for Māori coastal assets requires broader approaches that recognise iwi values, the rapid development of land production occurring in some areas, and their enduring support for sustainable ecosystems.

This Māori-led interdisciplinary action research project aims to develop integrative decision making tools that, given local conditions, enable Māori communities throughout NZ to assess the risks and benefits associated with alternate coastal land use adaptation strategies. Through holistic engagement with local stakeholders and decision makers, we will collaboratively develop transformative adaptive Transition Action Plans to address climate change impacts for their rohe.

Photo credit: Huhana Smith

Contact co-Principal Investigator:

  • Assoc Prof Huhana Smith, Head of School of Art Whiti o Rehua,

College of Creative Arts, Toirauwhārangi, Massey University, Wellington, Mobile: 021 244 8711, Email: Huhana.Smith@massey.ac.nz


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