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Climate Change, Watershed Management, and Resiliency to Flooding: A Case Study of Papeno’o Valley, Tahiti Nui (French Polynesia)

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Title:Climate Change, Watershed Management, and Resiliency to Flooding: A Case Study of Papeno’o Valley, Tahiti Nui (French Polynesia)
Authors:Wheeler, Jennifer Vehia
Contributors:Minerbi, Luciano (advisor)
Pacific Islands Studies (department)
Keywords:Pacific Rim studies
Urban planning
Natural resource management
Climate Change
French Polynesia
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Tahiti Nui
Watershed Management
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Date Issued:Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Mā’ohi communities in Tahiti Nui are adaptive to changing times. Historically, this has
been shown through the ways that communities have adapted to changing weather, changing
land issues, continuous migration, and Western acculturation. This type of adaptability and
knowledge of adaptability will be of use in addressing upcoming climate change issues that
Tahiti Nui will face. Papeno’o Valley, Tahiti is prone to yearly flooding due to heavy rains
during the rainy season, especially during the months December, January and February.
Scientific evidence suggests that global climate is changing, which anticipates that these yearly
rainfalls and flooding will increase. In response, ways of adapting to these changing times is
necessary and important. A combination of adaptation methods such as community awareness of
risks through oral histories, restoring natural floodzones, and managed retreat will help to ensure
stability of the people of this valley and the livability of this valley over the long-term, which
constitutes as resiliency. This thesis examines the ways in which Mā’ohi communities respond
to flooding in Papeno’o, how government agencies respond to flooding in Papeno’o and
concludes with how to maximize both efforts into a more collaborative approach for resiliency in
the valley.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Pages/Duration:111 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Pacific Islands Studies

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