Coastal communities around the world are facing unique threats due to worsening impacts of climate change. Marine debris including plastic pollution is a threat exacerbating climate change impacts and should be considered everyone’s problem. This research explores how archaeology and cultural heritage methods can be used as tools to understand and manage marine debris in the Hawaiian Islands. By applying cultural heritage concepts to this research, an appreciation as to how entwined history and ecology are to the landscape are highlighted. With its close vicinity to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Pacific Rim, as well as impacts emanating from tourism, there is a real threat to the Hawaiian coastal landscapes. The research aims to understand social perceptions, risks, impacts, and wider challenges associated with marine pollution. By utilising archaeological methods and cultural heritage values, the anticipated outcome is to develop a tool kit and adaptive governance model.
Raveena is a lawyer and a multidisciplinary researcher with a focus on understanding the intersections between landscape, culture, conservation, and human rights in promoting more inclusive and sustainable practices in communities. Her previous roles include executive director at the Global Center for Development Law and Policy, research fellow at the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage and Preservation, as well as several years’ experience advising various government and non-government organisations on international law, cultural heritage law, environmental law, corporate governance, and human rights issues. Her academic qualifications include an LL.B. from Queen Mary University of London and a LL.M. from the Fordham School of Law.