Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World

Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World

1st Edition - May 27, 2022

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  • Editor: Miguel Sioui
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128245385

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Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World presents a series of global case studies that examine how different Indigenous groups are dealing with various water management challenges and finding creative and culturally specific ways of developing solutions to these challenges. With contributions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, scientists, and water management experts, this volume provides an overview of key water management challenges specific to Indigenous peoples, proposes possible policy solutions both at the international and national levels, and outlines culturally relevant tools for assessing vulnerability and building capacity. In recent decades, global climate change (particularly drought) has brought about additional water management challenges, especially in drought-prone regions where increasing average temperatures and diminishing precipitation are leading to water crises. Because their livelihoods are often dependent on the land and water, Indigenous groups native to those regions have direct insights into the localized impacts of global environmental change, and are increasingly developing their own adaptation and mitigation strategies and solutions based on local Indigenous knowledge (IK). Many Indigenous groups around the globe are also faced with mounting pressure from extractive industries like mining and forestry, which further threaten their water resources. The various cases presented in Indigenous Water and Drought Management in a Changing World provide much-needed insights into the particular issues faced by Indigenous peoples in preserving their water resources, as well as actionable information that can inform future scientific research and policymaking aimed at developing more integrated, region-specific, and culturally relevant solutions to these critical challenges.  

Key Features

  • Includes diverse case studies from around the world
  • Provides cutting-edge perspectives about Indigenous peoples’ water management issues and IK-based solutions
  • Presents maps for most case studies along with a summary box to conclude each chapter


Academics working on drought management challenges and policy responses, policymakers, climatologists, meteorologists, food scientists, agriculturalists, environmental engineers, upper-year undergraduate courses and graduate courses that either focus or touch on indigenous environmental governance.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: The Need for Indigenous Knowledge-Based Environmental Policy in a Changing World
    Miguel Sioui
    2. Striving Towards Reconciliation through the Co-Creation of Water Research
    Dawn Martin-Hill, Colin M. Gibson, Charles-François de Lannoy, Danielle Gendron, Kathryn Chen, Denise McQueen, Makasa Looking Horse, Clynt King, Hannah Grewal, Tariq A. Deen, Sawsan Makhdoom, Patricia Chow-Fraser, Emil Sekerinski, P. Ravi Selvaganapathy, M. Altaf Arain
    3. Reasserting Traditional Knowledge Across a Fragmented Governance Landscape: The Mackenzie River Basin
    Alex Latta
    4. Haudenosaunee Women’s Water Law: Reclaiming the Sacred
    Dawn Martin-Hill, Beverly Jacobs, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Sarah Duignan, Rohini Patel, Stephanie Pangowish
    5. We Had to Jump Over, but We’re Still Here: Nimiipúu Spatio-Temporalities of Water and Fish in Times of Climate Change
    Teresa Cavazos Cohn, Sierra Higheagle, Kyle Powys Whyte, Kate Berry, Kristin Green, Marcie Carter
    6. The Evolving Relationship between Maya Communities and Subterranean Waters in the Yucatan Peninsula
    Derek A. Smith, Miguel Sioui
    7. Rights to Water and Water's Rights: Plural Water Governances in the Mining Context of Colombia and Peru
    Astrid Ulloa, Gerardo Damonte, Catalina Quiroga, Diego Navarro
    8. From the Muddy Banks of the Watu: the Krenak and the Rio Doce Mining Disaster in Brazil
    Andréa Zhouri, Walison Vasconcelos Pascoal
    9. “Guides of Water”: Indigenous Water Justice and Pastoral Management Beyond Adaptation to Climate Change
    Julian S. Yates
    10. Contested Waters, Extractivisms and Territories: Indigenous People in Chile and the Neoliberal Crisis
    Hugo Romero-Toledo, Katy Jenkins
    11. Indigenous Knowledge Systems for the Management of the Barotse Flood Plain in Zambia and its Implications for Policy and Practice in the Developing World
    Everisto Mapedza, Tambudzai Rashirayi, Xueliang Cai, Alemseged Tamiru Haile, Barbara van Koppen, Mukelabai Ndiyoi and Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu
    12. Indigenous Knowledge Perspectives on Water Management and its Challenges in South Africa
    Bongani Ncube
    13. Hydro-Social Cohesion in Iranian Local Communities
    Majid Labbaf Khaneiki
    14. Rapua Ngā Tohu (Seeking the Signs) - Indigenous Knowledge-Informed Climate Adaptation
    Nikki Harcourt, Shaun Awatere
    15. Indigenous Knowledge, Mercury and a Remote Russian Indigenous River Basin - Ponoi River
    Tero Mustonen
    16. Indigenous Community Engagement at Scotty Creek, Northwest Territories, Canada: Experiences and Lessons learned
    William Quinton, Ramona Pearson, Miguel Sioui
    17. Chapter 17: Lessons Learned and Concluding Reflections on Indigenous Relationships with Water and our Eatenonha (Earth Mother)


Product details

  • No. of pages: 356
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: May 27, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128245385

About the Editor

Miguel Sioui

Miguel Sioui is an Indigenous geographer and environmental management scholar deeply rooted in his Huron- Wendat traditions and community. He sees his purpose as a cultural translator between two worlds—Western and Indigenous—that have historically struggled to meaningfully communicate. Sioui is keenly aware of the need for deeper reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous intellectual communities through the creation of mutually usable channels of communication and research collaboration. His current research aims to bridge Indigenous and Western environmental epistemologies. He believes this harmonization process will foster the development of environmental management approaches and practices that are more likely to promote responsible and respectful relationships with the environment over the long term. He trusts that this effort will help the global society deal more holistically and effectively with increasingly complex local, regional, and global environmental management challenges.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada.

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