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Sinking Islands, Drowned Logic; Climate Change and Community-Based Adaptation Discourses in Solomon Islands

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Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2522, Australia
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WorldFish, Honiara PO Box 438, Solomon Islands
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School of Government, Development and International Affairs, University of the South Pacific, Suva 9072, Fiji
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Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 7225; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177225
Received: 16 July 2020 / Revised: 19 August 2020 / Accepted: 30 August 2020 / Published: 3 September 2020
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: policy narratives; resilience; climate finance; rural development; indigenous peoples; media; participation; development projects; Pacific; Malaita policy narratives; resilience; climate finance; rural development; indigenous peoples; media; participation; development projects; Pacific; Malaita
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van der Ploeg, J.; Sukulu, M.; Govan, H.; Minter, T.; Eriksson, H. Sinking Islands, Drowned Logic; Climate Change and Community-Based Adaptation Discourses in Solomon Islands. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7225. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177225

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van der Ploeg J, Sukulu M, Govan H, Minter T, Eriksson H. Sinking Islands, Drowned Logic; Climate Change and Community-Based Adaptation Discourses in Solomon Islands. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):7225. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177225

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van der Ploeg, Jan, Meshach Sukulu, Hugh Govan, Tessa Minter, and Hampus Eriksson. 2020. "Sinking Islands, Drowned Logic; Climate Change and Community-Based Adaptation Discourses in Solomon Islands" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 7225. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177225

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