Mon, 8 May 2023
Reviving Ahupua'a: Hawaii's Indigenous Communities Restore Ancient Stewardship and Spark a Conservation Movement
Indigenous communities in Hawaii are reviving an ancient stewardship and conservation system known as ahupua'a. The system divides the islands into long wedges running from the mountains to the ocean and allows for the holistic management of resources. Three communities—Hā'ena, Heʻeia, and Kaʻūpūlehu—have successfully restored ahupua'a practices and co-manage resources with government and private landowners. They have established Indigenous and community-conserved areas (ICCAs) within their territories, leveraging rights and resources previously taken from them. The communities' efforts have led to positive outcomes such as increased fish populations and recognition for innovative conservation initiatives. The success of these communities serves as an example of embracing Indigenous culture and conservation practices for the benefit of both humans and nature.
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