South Pacific and Small Island Developing States

Oceania is vast, canoe is centre, village is anchor, continent is margin

Authored by: Peter Nuttall , Joeli Veitayaki

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822


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In this chapter, the discussion focuses on critical aspects of life in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific Ocean, a unique water-based region, ancient home to voyagers, Islanders and villagers, a place where small is still beautiful but where unprecedented levels of change threaten the existence of countries and communities. Pacific peoples are known for their patience, generosity and resilience, traits honed by millennia of close association and intimacy with their ocean and island homes. These traits have allowed them to live with minute resource bases and a changing environment for thousands of years. However, contemporary changes such as global warming, acidification, environmental degradation, globalisation and rampant consumerism promise a gathering tropical cyclone or tsunami of magnitude greater than anything the Pacific Islands have ever faced.

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