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The global international waters assessment for the Pacific Islands: aspects of transboundary, water shortage and coastal fisheries issues

South, Graham R. and Skelton, Posa A. and Veitayaki, Joeli and Resture, Alan and Carpenter, C. and Pratt, C. and Lawedrau, A. (2004) The global international waters assessment for the Pacific Islands: aspects of transboundary, water shortage and coastal fisheries issues. Ambio, 33 (1-2). pp. 98-106. ISSN 0044-7447

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    Abstract

    Aspects of transboundary, water shortage, and fisheries issues are discussed in the context of the recently completed Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) for the Pacific Islands. The region encompasses some 30 million km2 and approximately 12% of the world’s ocean space, and features great geographic, demographic and developmental diversity. Global change, especially sea level rise and sea surface temperature increases, is the dominant transboundary concern as it impacts all aspects of life. Water shortage and unsustainable fishing issues are selected for discussion, as they will dominate the region into the foreseeable future, and they are illustrated with examples from Fiji, Kiribati, and Tonga. The environmental impacts are exacerbated by socioeconomic issues such as high population growth rates, urban drift, the breakdown of traditional life styles and the rapid adoption of the cash economy. Policy options that may assist in addressing these issues are proposed.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
    Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Marine Resources
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
    Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
    Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2004 19:59
    Last Modified: 08 May 2012 21:43
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3125
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