"But despite everything, I still love the sea. I am an islander."
"Nothing like living on an island to convince you that land is the correct place to be."
Island Vulnerability explores the challenges which isolated geographies face when dealing with risk and disasters by examining the processes which create, maintain, and could be used to reduce their vulnerability.
Galunggung, Indonesia on 3 December 1982.
Understanding Island Vulnerability
The "what" questions are:
The "why" questions are:
See also alternatives to vulnerability.
"Where?" is answered by the locations available in the menu at the left, but many locations are not yet covered. Please contact Island Vulnerability with any material.
"Who?" is answered by the people mentioned throughout the Island Vulnerability website who have contributed and who continue to contribute to this topic. For more information on this website, please contact Island Vulnerability.
"How?" is illustrated by the proposed Island Vulnerability projects as well as by the past and ongoing work mentioned throughout this website.
View from Chalky Mount, Barbados.
This Website's Information
The information provided on the Island Vulnerability webpages is not intended to be comprehensive. Instead, it is indicative of the vulnerabilities which islands experience and how sustainable approaches might be developed and implemented. The aim, through selected examples, is to highlight and to explain the importance of islands and other island geographies, both their intrinsic value and the contributions they could make to sustainable approaches for managing vulnerability elsewhere.
Generic disaster and risk management topics are not covered because the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the United Nations' International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, amongst many other sources, provide unmatchable information resources. As well, other sites such as EM-DAT and PAHO provide information for producing risk and disaster profiles of countries. Island Vulnerability is designed to complement such sources. The publications listed here reflect those in the library of Island Vulnerability.
By illustrating the work which has been done and the groups and people involved in island vulnerability, this webpage will provide another resource for those with island interests and for those who have yet to develop island interests. Nonetheless, any further suggestions or indications of omissions or errors are encouraged. Please Contact Island Vulnerability.
Ailsa Craig, Scotland.
What are islands, isolated geographies, and small states?
What is vulnerability?
What significance does island vulnerability have?
A House on Upolu, Samoa Which Was Damaged by Cyclone Heta in January 2004.
Why island vulnerability?
Lough Outer, Kilkeely Forest, County Cavan, Ireland.
Alternatives to Vulnerability
The material on the Island Vulnerability website is provided as only an information source. Neither definitive advice nor recommendations are implied. Each person or organisation accessing the website is responsible for making their own assessment of the topics discussed and are strongly advised to verify all information. No liability will be accepted for loss or damage incurred as a result of using the material on this website. The appearance of external links on this website does not constitute endorsement of the organisations, information, products, or services contained on that external website.