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Enabling kaitiakitanga and EBM

Exploring how EBM can be incorporated with kaitiakitanga practices within coastal and marine environments.

Project Leader Duration Budget
Lara Taylor (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research) & Meg Parsons (University of Auckland) June 2020 – June 2022 $638,900

Overview

Aotearoa New Zealand’s increasingly degraded coastal and marine environments are, in part, a consequence of the radical ecological changes following colonisation. The colonising processes sidelined mātauranga Māori and kaitiakitanga-based environmental management in favour of western scientific knowledge, and associated environmental management and governance approaches.

We need new marine management approaches that incorporate multiple forms of knowledge, including scientific and mātauranga Māori. Any new approach must also address Māori rights, interests and values as Treaty partners, mana whenua and kaitiaki.

This project explores how science and mātauranga Māori – the knowledge systems informing ecosystem-based management (EBM) and kaitiakitanga – can better inform the governance and management of the marine and coastal environments of Aotearoa.

This project explores 2 key questions:

  1. What are the alignments and differences between kaitiakitanga and EBM, and how can these approaches successfully work together?
  2. How can place-based practitioners, policy makers and others engaged in EBM bring both science and mātauranga Māori together to underpin decision making?

The project team will co-develop a practical toolkit of strategies and tools that practitioners can use for collaborative kaitiakitanga and EBM approaches in marine management.

Research Team

Shaun Awatere (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research), Karen Fisher (University of Auckland)

Location

This is a national project.