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Sinking Islands, drowned logic; Climate change and community-based adaptation discourses in Solomon Islands

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The saltwater people of Solomon Islands are often portrayed to be at the frontline of climate change. In media, policy, and development discourses, the erosion and abandonment of the small, man-made islands along the coast of Malaita is attributed to climate change induced sea-level rise. This paper investigates this sinking islands narrative, and argues that a narrow focus on the projected impacts of climate change distracts attention and resources from more pressing environmental and development problems that are threatening rural livelihoods.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • van der Ploeg, J., Sukulu, M., Govan, H., Minter, T., & Eriksson, H. (2020). Sinking Islands, drowned logic; Climate change and community-based adaptation discourses in Solomon Islands. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(17). doi:10.3390/su12177225

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85090390600

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 17

Abstract


  • The saltwater people of Solomon Islands are often portrayed to be at the frontline of climate change. In media, policy, and development discourses, the erosion and abandonment of the small, man-made islands along the coast of Malaita is attributed to climate change induced sea-level rise. This paper investigates this sinking islands narrative, and argues that a narrow focus on the projected impacts of climate change distracts attention and resources from more pressing environmental and development problems that are threatening rural livelihoods.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • van der Ploeg, J., Sukulu, M., Govan, H., Minter, T., & Eriksson, H. (2020). Sinking Islands, drowned logic; Climate change and community-based adaptation discourses in Solomon Islands. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(17). doi:10.3390/su12177225

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85090390600

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 17