Integration of indigenous knowledge into disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) policies and plans of the local government: The case of the Agta in Casiguran, Philippines

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dc.contributor.advisor Neef, A en
dc.contributor.author Molina, Jesusa Grace en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-03T22:08:39Z en
dc.date.issued 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation 2015 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25735 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Due to a combination of physical, socio-economic and political factors, the Agta, an indigenous group in Casiguran, Philippines, are highly susceptible to the threat of natural hazards, especially typhoons, floods, storm surges and landslides. Despite their evident vulnerabilities, the Agta possess valuable indigenous knowledge, generated through practical and long-standing experiences, culture and local resources, which they utilise in coping and in ensuring their safety from the detrimental impacts of disasters. However, findings from this research show that the decision-making and planning processes of the local government in the area of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) remain insensitive to Agta's knowledge and context, putting them in a more precarious condition which further compromises the sustainability of their livelihoods. Employing qualitative and participatory methods, such as semi-structured interviews, policy and document analysis, participant observation and validation workshop, this thesis argues there is a need for integrating Agta's indigenous knowledge into the existing DRRM policies and plans of the local government in respect of the rights to sustainable development and survival of the former and in response to the legal obligation of the latter. A sustainable development framework that calls for a process of harmonising indigenous knowledge and science-based information in DRRM towards vulnerability reduction and disaster resilience guided the investigation. While the local government recognises the importance of indigenous knowledge in DRRM, integration with science only happens at the individual level and is not applied in formal settings such as planning and decision-making processes of the municipality. This study recommends mechanisms to ensure Agta's inclusion in the local government's DRRM decision-making, planning and policy-formulation processes such as effective implementation of national laws on DRRM and indigenous peoples; active representation in DRRM council and committees at the municipal and village scales; documentation, validation and integration of indigenous knowledge in different sectors such as education, health and livelihood; organising work; and capacity building initiatives that will realise Agta's rights to sustainable development and disaster safety. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264796812902091 en
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dc.title Integration of indigenous knowledge into disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) policies and plans of the local government: The case of the Agta in Casiguran, Philippines en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Development Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Author en
pubs.elements-id 488007 en
dc.relation.isnodouble 766592 *
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-06-04 en


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