Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation: The Sa’ban experience

  • Nadzirah Hosen Graduate School of Engineering and Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology, JAPAN
  • Hitoshi Nakamura Department of Planning, Architecture and Environment Systems, Shibaura Institute of Technology, JAPAN
  • Amran Hamzah Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, MALAYSIA


Indigenous people often rely on natural resources for their livelihoods. This reliance increases their vulnerability towards the impacts of climate change, and coping with increased climate variability is a significant challenge for such communities. This research, conducted among the Sa’ban tribe of Long Banga in interior Sarawak, Malaysia, explored observations of local climate change, climate change impacts and tribal adaptation strategies. The results show that drought, wildfires and uncertain weather conditions are the Sa’ban’s primary concerns. However, the tribe have demonstrated their adaptation strategies through the use of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).

Keywords: indigenous people, traditional ecological knowledge, adaptive capacity, climate change adaptation

eISSN 2514-7528 ©2019 The Authors. Published for AMER, ABRA & cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.


How to Cite
HOSEN, Nadzirah; NAKAMURA, Hitoshi; HAMZAH, Amran. Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation: The Sa’ban experience. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 14, p. 63-77, dec. 2019. ISSN 2514-7528. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 feb. 2020. doi:

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