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Informal Settlements in the Greater Suva Area - Moving to dangerous places!!??

Weber, Eberhard and Kissoon, Priya (2018) Informal Settlements in the Greater Suva Area - Moving to dangerous places!!?? UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Climate change has become one of the urgent challenges of the 21st century. A small but important part of the discourses around climate change is about mobility. This paper does not follow the question, if there is such thing as climate change induced mobility or migration. It reflects on possible motivations to migrate and to contradictions that are too obvious, but rarely seen. Many argue that mobility in connection to climate change, natural hazards, or similar is to bring people to safety, or to support them in their own efforts to reach safe grounds. The deterioration of environmental quality or natural hazards can put people’s well-being, lives and livelihoods at risk to an extent that they move away from dangerous places or as McAdam (2015) puts it from “danger zones”. However, how can we explain when people move right away to “danger zones” like it is happening in many squatter settlements in the Pacific Island region (and surely elsewhere)? Are people not aware that the locations are dangerous, do they not bother, or do they consciously chose such ‘danger zones’? The paper investigates vulnerability of people living in squatter settlements in Suva. It is expected that the intensity of such hazards as well as the frequency of their occurrence will increase as a result of climate change. It is therefore timely to investigate their impacts on vulnerable people and their agency to deal with such hazards. Hardly any research relating to climate change has been done in urban areas in the Pacific despite the fact that through urbanization an increasing share of population of Pacific Island countries are especially vulnerable to impacts of climate change.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
Date Deposited: 06 May 2019 03:38
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 03:38

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