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Climate-related Displacement and Options for Resettlement in Solomon Islands

Monson, Rebecca and Foukona, Joseph D. (2014) Climate-related Displacement and Options for Resettlement in Solomon Islands. In: Land Solutions for Climate Displacement (Routledge Studies in Development, Displacement and Resettlement). Routledge, Oxon and New York, pp. 291-316. ISBN 978-0-415-70373

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Although the Pacific Island countries are often overlooked in global debates about customary land tenure, discussions among Solomon Islanders about customary land tenure provide insight into a range of conceptual and normative issues that are of considerable interest to scholars concerned with displacement, resettlement, customary land tenure and social differentiation in other postcolonial contexts. While donors and non-government organisations active in Solomon Islands have devoted attention to the impact of climate change on rural livelihoods, far less attention has been devoted to the vexed issue of how customary land tenure systems might provide scope for adaptation to the effects of climate change. Customary tenure systems in Solomon Islands provide means for incorporating migrants into the land and the existing groups that occupy it, but migration of entire groups of people has also long been a source of conflict in the country. This chapter draws on preliminary research undertaken by the authors and a larger team of Australian and Solomon Islander researchers, as part of a larger ongoing project on climate change and localized mechanisms for resettlement in Solomon Islands. The preliminary research has focused on a number of sites in which people have already relocated, or are contemplating relocation, as a result of oceanic inundation.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Law
Depositing User: Joseph Foukona
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 00:12
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 00:12

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