Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation: A review


  • Nadzirah Hosen Graduate School of Engineering and Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Hitoshi Nakamura Department of Planning, Architecture and Environment Systems, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan



climate change adaptation, traditional knowledge, traditional ecological knowledge, resilience


Climate change puts indigenous people at greater risk than others. Nevertheless, because of their intimate knowledge of their land, indigenous peoples' traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) could be the answer to fighting climate change. This paper aims to explain the role that TEK plays in responding to climate change. Document analysis included grey literature as well as peer-reviewed literature and project websites linked to indigenous climate change adaptation knowledge. The findings show that TEK not only helps indigenous people cope with environmental and climate pressures, but also promotes socio-ecological system resilience.

Keywords: climate change adaptation; traditional knowledge; traditional ecological knowledge; resilience

eISSN 2398-4295 ©2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers (AMER); Association of  Behavioural Researchers on Asians / Africans / Arabians (ABRA); Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies (cE-Bs), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia





How to Cite

Hosen , N. ., & Nakamura , H. . (2020). Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation: A review. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 5(19), 59–71.