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Socio-economic aspects of informal settlements in degraded mangrove forests - A case study of Muanivatu informal settlement,. Suva, Fiji

Weber, Eberhard (2020) Socio-economic aspects of informal settlements in degraded mangrove forests - A case study of Muanivatu informal settlement,. Suva, Fiji. In: Examining International Land Use Policies, Changes, and Conflicts. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 272-290. ISBN Hershey, PA 17033, USA

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    Abstract

    In Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), the degradation of mangroves advances at a fast pace, especially in urban places. Rural to urban migration let urban settlements grow tremendously in the past 60 years. People built many informal settlements straight into mangrove forests. Health implications are severe, but settlements in mangrove forests provide protection against eviction. The case study provides insight into people's lives, perception and actions in a degraded mangrove forest in the eastern part of Suva, the capital of Fiji. The major question is why people are exposing themselves to serious environmental health hazards. Based on recent changes, the chapter also looks at development efforts that threaten residents of informal settlement to get evicted from the locations they right now reside. Investigations concentrate on people's actions in space, particularly, the role degraded urban mangroves play in their decision to reside in a particular place. A major explanation is that people want to reduce risk and enhance security: security from eviction.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
    H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 14:37
    Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 14:37
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12458
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