Indigenous resilience to disasters in Taiwan and beyond

Fikret Berkes, Huei Min Tsai, Mucahid Mustafa Bayrak, Yih Ren Lin

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This paper is the Introduction to a Special Issue which is a follow-up to a conference in Taipei to explore the interrelated themes of climate change and Indigenous knowledge-based re-sponses, and Indigenous community resilience with specific reference to Typhoon Morakot. The goals of this Special Issue are to discuss the international experience with Indigenous resilience; to review Indigenous knowledge for adaptation to disasters; and to generate a conversation among scholars, Indigenous peoples, and policy-makers to move the agenda forward. Rapid global environmental change requires creative responses to maintain policy options and flexibility in making decisions—the resilience approach. When combined with iterative learning-by-doing, this approach generates adaptive governance. Resilience can be built based on Indigenous and local knowledge. We focus on Indigenous resilience: the ways in which cultural factors such as knowledge and learn-ing, along with the broader political ecology, determine how local and Indigenous people under-stand, deal with, and adapt to environmental change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2435
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2021


  • Adaptive governance
  • Climate change
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Taiwan
  • Typhoons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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