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Addressing climate and sea level rise in the Pacific Islands

Veitayaki, Joeli and Manoa, Pio E. and Resture, Alan (2007) Addressing climate and sea level rise in the Pacific Islands. Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands Occasional Papers, 48 . pp. 1-17. ISSN 0298-2707

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Climate change and sea level rise are no longer a future phenomenon; they are taking place now and require more concerted effort. The situation in the Pacific Islands is even more serious because even though these small islands have done little to cause the problem and can do little to address it, they will be the first victims. Furthermore, the options for these islands are restricted by their small sizes and lack of resources. However, Pacific Islanders have extensive experience living in these small islands for generations and can offer worthwhile lessons on how to address climate change and sea level rise. In this paper, we examine some options for addressing the phenomenon in the Pacific Islands. A strategy for addressing the challenges of living in a world affected by climate change and sea level rise will be unveiled. As always, innovation and good plans and strategies will influence in the ability of Pacific Islands to address this problem. Addressing climate change and sea level rise in the Pacific Islands, has to be appropriate for these islands, which means that the solution has to be found from within the small islands. Some areas where changes can be considered include appropriate coastal protection, adaptation in land use and living practices and new options such as aquaculture, sustainable living at community level and new crops and varieties.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 24 May 2007 01:57
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 02:04

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