Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Bringing Māori Knowledge to Climate Change Research (Seminar)

By Adrien Tofighi Niaki 

On 4 July, we had the opportunity in-person at the Espai Societat Oberta (Open Society Foundation in Barcelona) to learn first-hand how Indigenous traditions and knowledge can help us to understand the consequences climate and environmental change.

Maui Hudson, an interdisciplinary researcher and associate professor at the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), shared his work on the application of traditional knowledge of the Maori community in areas as wide-ranging as new technologies, health, the environment and innovation. He shared his work with the Local Contexts initiative, which helps ground Indigenous rights in community-based socio-environmental research and across research institutions.

Adrien Tofighi-Niaki from the Local Indicators of Climate Change Impacts Observation Network (LICCI-ON) then shared how LICCION has integrated Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS) and governance principles into the Oblo platform, followed by other case studies of IDS in community-based environmental monitoring projects around the world.

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