Re-framing islands as champions of resilience

McNamara, Karen E., Henly-Shepard, Sarah, De Souza, Roger-Mark and Fernando, Nishara (2014, September 02). Re-framing islands as champions of resilience. outreach, .

Author McNamara, Karen E.
Henly-Shepard, Sarah
De Souza, Roger-Mark
Fernando, Nishara
Title Re-framing islands as champions of resilience
Newspaper outreach
Publication date 2014-09-02
Edition SIDS Day 5: Climate Change and Social Development
Total pages 1
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Stakeholder Forum
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Island communities, particularly those from small island developing states, are often reported in policy documents, academic papers and mainstream media as being ‘most vulnerable’ to climate change and disasters. While such a classification might serve to raise awareness of their plight, or be used as impetus for global action, this approach can also result in unintended (and damaging) attitudes and consequences. This is well-illustrated by recent off-the-record discussions with several donors and policy-makers who have inappropriately implied it is ‘too late’ to ‘save the islands’, given their vulnerability to current and impending climate change impacts.

Without reducing the urgency at which firm action is needed for both mitigation and adaptation, this commentary aims to shed light on this damaging paradigm and refute this framing of the islands as ‘too late to save’. Encapsulated in four main points below, islands must be looked to, and supported as, inspiring champions of livelihood resilience and adaptation to climate change and disasters, from which all island, coastal and mainland communities worldwide must heed...
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Created: Thu, 11 Sep 2014, 13:16:16 EST by Karen Mcnamara on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management