Indigenous Knowledge and Practices on Natural Hazards: A Case Study in Albay, Philippines

Student thesis: Master-after-master


A growing awareness of the value of indigenous knowledge has prompted calls for its use within disaster reduction. the benefits of indigenous knowledge within DRR are gradually acknowledged and identified. However, despite this acknowledgement there continues to be a gap in reaching the right people with the correct strategies for DRR.

This study identifies the need for identifying how indigenous knowledge may be combined to mitigate against the intrinsic effects of natural hazards and therefore reduce the vulnerability of rural indigenous communities in a low-income province of Albay, Philippines. This involves a review of the impacts of natural hazards on rural indigenous communities and how indigenous knowledge has contributed to their coping capacities.
Date of Award9 Sep 2011
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorEmmanuel Boon (Promotor) & Maarten Van Opstal (Jury)


  • Natural hazards
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Disaster Risk Reduction

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