Thursday, November 21, 2013

Maori Sustainability Indicators

A report by John, Reid, Tremane Barr and myself, edited by Golda Varona, presents a comprehensive theoretical overview on ‘Indigenous Sustainability Indicators for Maori Farming and Fishing Enterprises.' Published by the Ngai Tahu Research Centre (at the University of Canterbury) and the Agricultural Research Group on Sustainability (ARGOS), the report argues "to establish a set of Indigenous sustainability indicators for Māori ... it is crucial to understand what Maori want to sustain."

We discuss the relevant literature and arrive at a series of practices that give effect to sustainability values. In sum, the sustainability of an enterprise can be assessed according to the presence or absence of practices that give effect to values.

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