Using local knowledge to understand climate variability in the Cook Islands
Climate Change Resilience
Climate change has been the topic of much research in the last few decades, however information on its impacts particularly on remote small island nations remain scant. Yet, through centuries of observation of their natural environment, Pacific islanders hold a wealth of knowledge of the sky, land, and sea. Sadly, with a shift towards a more western lifestyle on some of these islands in recent decades, this local knowledge is at risk of being lost because it is not passed down to younger generations; recognizing this, Climate Change Cook Islands of the Office of the Prime Minister conducted a questionnaire survey on most of the Cook Islands from January to April 2014. The aim of the survey was to collect information on changes in various biological and physical systems over peoples lifetimes to understand climate variability in this region.