Facing up to an unwelcome truth
Special issue on ecosystem services (report 5)
This report is intended as a further development of the thinking presented in report 4 in this special issue on ecosystem services which looked at the role of ecosystem services thinking and methods in differing cultural contexts – with a particular focus on questions of ‘relevance’ and ‘adoption’. Moving beyond questions of ‘relevance’ and ‘adoption’, this report seeks to show that ecosystem services is an important, but incomplete solution to the complex problem of ecosystem decline. We also attempt to confront unpleasant truths associated with the fact that our participation in economic production and consumption activities directly and indirectly contributes to decline in the well-being of atua domains (transl. ecosystems). A related, unpleasant truth is that Māori communities no longer have access to the freedom, adaptive knowledge and authority that once made it possible for them to remedy decline in the well-being of Te Iho Matua whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku (transl. the celestial family of Papatūānuku (transl. our Earth Mother) and Ranginui (transl. our Sky Father)). The crisis outlined in this paper is of deep concern because it casts a long shadow of uncertainty over an aspect of Māori cultural identity (i.e. whānau) that is inextricably connected with the goals of Māori cultural well-being and survival.
Reference and download link
Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna and Cole, E. E. (2018) Special issue on ecosystem services thinking and methods (part 5/6) – Facing up to an unwelcome truth. Kōrero Māori report 9, (pp. 27). Tauranga, New Zealand: iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]