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Adaptation to climate change in small island settlements

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posted on 19.08.2021, 00:22 by DC Major, P Blaschke, V Gornitz, E Hosek, M Lehmann, J Lewis, H Loehr, GA Major-Ex, Maibritt Pedersen ZariMaibritt Pedersen Zari, MJ Vásquez Vargas, E Watterson, A Wejs
Adaptation to climate change in small island settlements poses unique issues of access, cost, governance and cultural, historical, and ecological preservation. There is a need therefore to focus research efforts on these small coastal settlements in order to assist and support their communities to develop and implement adaptation. This article is an initial attempt to evaluate and categorise these issues for island settlements, based on case studies and general perspectives on adaptation. Six island settlement case studies are used from around the world: Cocos Islands (Australian territory); Shishmaref, USA; Broad Channel, USA; Samsø, Denmark; Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain; and Port Vila, Vanuatu. This article describes and assesses impacts, adaptations, and capacity within each of the six case studies, and outlines the relationship of the Sustainable Development Goals system to small coastal settlements in general.

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Major, D. C., Blaschke, P., Gornitz, V., Hosek, E., Lehmann, M., Lewis, J., Loehr, H., Major-Ex, G. A., Pedersen Zari, M., Vásquez Vargas, M. J., Watterson, E. & Wejs, A. (2021). Adaptation to climate change in small island settlements. Ocean and Coastal Management, 212, 105789-105789. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2021.105789

Journal title

Ocean and Coastal Management

Volume

212

Publication date

15/10/2021

Pagination

105789-105789

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Publication status

Accepted

ISSN

0964-5691

Article number

105789

Language

en

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