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Indigenous knowledge and inclusive ocean governance: a case study from Vanuatu

Stuart Jeffrey

Erromango Cultural Association and the One Ocean Hub

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  • COP27,
  • culture,
  • Story telling,
  • indigenous knowledge,
  • ocean literacy,
  • Ocean Governance
Target Group
  • Policy makers
  • English
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The need to preserve traditional ocean knowledge is emphasized through the interdisciplinary nature of the DEEP fund research and the value of indigenous knowledge in addressing climate challenges.

The blog emphasizes the urgency of preserving traditional ocean knowledge, especially sea-based origin stories, weather, and maritime knowledge. The blog post discusses insights gained from arts-based approaches to valuing and sharing ocean knowledge in Vanuatu under the Hub’s DEED Fund. The COP27 week witnessed a round table session by One Ocean Hub, highlighting the success of the Erramango Cultural Association in capturing traditional ocean knowledge through a children’s book. The session featured speakers representing communities, scientists, and policymakers, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of the DEEP fund research. The DEEP Fund’s innovative funding model, focusing on community engagement and avoiding prioritizing academic over community voices, was discussed. The session centered on the Netai en Namou Toc children’s book production process, emphasizing the intergenerational nature of the project. Dr. Tigona highlighted the significance of traditional knowledge in climate challenges, emphasizing its multi-faceted nature. The session concluded with Minister Ralph Regenvanu emphasizing the critical value of preserving cultural knowledge in understanding community-environment relationships and governance, showcasing how Indigenous Knowledge can be supported through arts-based funding and considered in policy-making processes.