A1 Journal article (refereed)
Potential for cascading impacts of environmental change and policy on indigenous culture (2022)

Yletyinen, J., Tylianakis, J. M., Stone, C., & Lyver, P. O. (2022). Potential for cascading impacts of environmental change and policy on indigenous culture. Ambio, 51(5), 1110-1122. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01670-3

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Publication details

All authors or editorsYletyinen, Johanna; Tylianakis, Jason M.; Stone, Clive; Lyver, Phil O’B.

Journal or seriesAmbio



Publication year2022

Publication date15/01/2022


Issue number5

Pages range1110-1122


Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79399


Global environmental and societal changes threaten the cultures of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC). Despite the importance of IPLC worldviews and knowledge to sustaining human well-being and biodiversity, risks to these cultural resources are commonly neglected in environmental governance, in part because impacts can be indirect and therefore difficult to evaluate. Here, we investigate the connectivity of values associated with the relationship Ngātiwai (a New Zealand Māori tribe) have with their environment. We show that mapping the architecture of values-environment relationships enables assessment of how deep into culture the impacts of environmental change or policy can cascade. Our results detail how loss of access to key environmental elements could potentially have extensive direct and cascading impacts on the cultural values of Ngātiwai, including environmental responsibilities. Thus, considering only direct effects of environmental change or policy on cultural resources, or treating IPLC social-ecological relations simplistically, can severely underestimate threats to cultures.

Keywordsindigenous peoplesMaoriscultural heritagenature valuesrelation to naturelocal communitiessocial networksenvironmental changes

Free keywordscultural heritage; environmental values; indigenous peoples; local communities; networks; social-ecological systems

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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