Traditional Knowledge: Climate, Disaster and Weather
For generations people in the Solomon Islands have managed, responded and adapted to their natural environment by developing a close understanding of how to 'read' the signs in their natural environment. These signs tell them about changes in the weather, seasons and climate. From this information, people have been able to plan for planting and harvesting of foods as well as preparing for storms of other serious weather events.
With many people leaving the provinces to settle in the capitals, especially young people, the introduction of Christianity to the Solomon Islands and the increased use of western science, a lot of custom knowledge has been lost or is not longer commonly used in communities. However this is not the complete story, custom continues in many areas and ways as important for informing every day decisions and our understanding of our environment and weather.
Many communities have stated that many of their traditional signs and ways for reading the weather and climate are changing now, however much remains useful and relevant for us to learn about and use today.
The following stories and information are shared an example of how we can maintain, share and use this knowledge to better understand , prepare and plan for our futures in this changing social, economic and physical environment.