Centring Localised Indigenous Concepts of Wellbeing in Urban Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation: Case-Studies from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Cook Islands

Mihaere, Shannon
Holman-Wharehoka, Māia-te-oho
Mataroa, Jovaan
Kiddle, Gabriel Luke
Pedersen Zari, Maibritt
Blaschke, Paul
Bloomfield, Sibyl
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Nature-based solutions (NbS) offer significant potential for climate change adaptation and resilience. NbS strengthen biodiversity and ecosystems, and premise approaches that centre human wellbeing. But understandings and models of wellbeing differ and continue to evolve. This paper reviews wellbeing models and thinking from Aotearoa New Zealand, with focus on jats:italicTe Ao Māori</jats:italic> (the Māori world and worldview) as well as other Indigenous models of wellbeing from wider jats:italicTe Moana-nui-a-Kiwa</jats:italic> Oceania. We highlight how holistic understandings of human-ecology-climate connections are fundamental for the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples of jats:italicTe Moana-nui-a-Kiwa</jats:italic> Oceania and that they should underpin NbS approaches in the region. We profile case study experience from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Cook Islands emerging out of the Nature-based Urban design for Wellbeing and Adaptation in Oceania (NUWAO) research project, that aims to develop nature-based urban design solutions, rooted in Indigenous knowledges that support climate change adaptation and wellbeing. We show that there is great potential for nature-based urban adaptation agendas to be more effective if linked closely to Indigenous ecological knowledge and understandings of wellbeing.

4101 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation , 41 Environmental Sciences , 13 Climate Action , 0502 Environmental Science and Management , 4104 Environmental management , 4105 Pollution and contamination
Frontiers in Environmental Science, ISSN: 2296-665X (Print); 2296-665X (Online), Frontiers Media SA, 12, 1278235-. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2024.1278235
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