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Island Vulnerability Resources
http://www.islandvulnerability.org/resources.html


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. This page provides resources covering many locations--for resources on specific locations, please refer to that location (see the menu at the left side at the top of this page)--with the categories:

The information provided is indicative, not comprehensive. The publications listed are some of those in the library of Island Vulnerability. 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 provide unmatchable information resources. As well, other sites such as EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database and PAHO Country Health Profiles provide information for risk and disaster profiles of countries. Island Vulnerability is designed to complement, not replace, such sources.

Any further suggestions or indications of omissions or errors are encouraged. Please Contact Island Vulnerability.

View of downtown Toronto from Centre Island in Toronto's harbour.

View of downtown Toronto from Centre Island.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2009.)


Publications: Island Characteristics and Islandness

Baldacchino, G. 2004. "Editorial Introduction". Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 269-271.

Baldacchino, G. 2004. "The Coming of Age of Island Studies". Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 272-283.

Baldacchino, G. 2005. "Editorial: Islands - Objects of Representation". Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, vol. 87, issue 4, pp. 247-251.

Clark, E. 2004. "The Ballad Dance of the Faeroese: Island Biocultural Geography in an Age of Globalisation". Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 284-297.

Depraetere, C. 2009 (March). "L'île était dans l'homme et regardait sa vie: Chronique d'une dependence à l'insularité". l'Archipel des lettres, no. 4, pp. 5-37.

Dommen, E. and P. Hein (eds.). 1985. States, Microstates and Islands. Croom Helm, London, U.K.

Hills, T.L. 1996. "Island Matters, Islands Matter: International Institutional Responses to the Analysis of Problems and Their Solutions". Geographische Zeitschrift, vol. 84, issue 2, pp. 94-101.

Kelman, I. 2004. "Island Affairs".
-Network Newsletter and ENSO Signal, vol. 19, no. 1, 1 January to 31 March 2004, p. 4.
-Fragilecologies, 4 February 2004, .
See the full text of this article at
http://www.islandvulnerability.org/affairs.html

Lewis, J. 2003. Island Anthology. Published on Island Vulnerability.

McCall, G. 1994. "Nissology: A Proposal for Consideration". Journal of the Pacific Society, vol. 17, no. 2-3, pp. 93-106.

McCall, G. 1996. "Clearing Confusion in a Disembedded World: The Case for Nissology". Geographische Zeitschrift, vol. 84, issue 2, pp. 74-85.

Péron, F. 2004. "The Contemporary Lure of the Island". Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 326-339.

Ratter, B.M.W. and G. Sandner. 1996. "Small Islands, Large Questions: Introduction to Special Issue". Geographische Zeitschrift, vol. 84, issue 2, pp. 63-66.

Royle, S.A. 2001. A Geography of Islands: Small Island Insularity. Routledge, London, U.K.

Sevin, O. 2010. Comme un parfum d'îles. PUPS, Paris, France.

Shuisky, Y. 2006. "Scientific Substantiation of the Concept of 'Island' (by the Example of Zmiyinyj Island)". Ukraine Geographical Journal, no. 3, pp. 3-8.

Smith, R. 2006. "Editor's Preface: When is an Island not an Island?" Journal of Developing Societies, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 227-234.

Steinberg, P.E. 2005. "Insularity, Sovereignty and Statehood: The Representation of Islands on Portolan Charts and the Construction of the Territorial State". Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, vol. 87, no. 4, pp. 253-265.

Stratford, E., E. McMahon, M. Jackson, C. Farbotko, and S. Perera. 2009. "Review Forum: Reading Suvendrini Perera's Australia and the Insular Imagination Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, borders, boats, and bodies, Suvendrini Perera, Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2009)". Political Geography, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 329-338.

Thompson, L., J. Pearce, and J. Ross Barnett. 2007. "Moralising geographies: stigma, smoking islands and responsible subjects". Area, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 508-517.

Bridge on the archipelago of Senja, Norway.

Bridge on the archipelago of Senja, Norway. How do fixed links influence islandness?
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2008.)


Publications: Island Ecology and Physical Geography

Blackburn, T.M., P. Cassey, R.P. Duncan, K.L. Evans, and K.J. Gaston. 2004. "Avian Extinction and Mammalian Introductions on Oceanic Islands". Science, vol. 305, no. 5692, pp. 1955-1958.

Censky, E.J., K. Hodge, and J. Dudley. 1998. "Over-water dispersal of lizards due to hurricanes". Nature, vol. 395, no. 6702, pp. 556.

Helping Islands Adapt. 2010. "A workshop on regional action to combat invasive species on islands to preserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change", 11-16 April 2010, Hyatt Regency Auckland, New Zealand.

Menard, H.W. 1986. Islands. Scientific American Books, New York, U.S.A. and Oxford, U.K.

Nunn, P.D. 1994. Oceanic Islands. Blackwell, Oxford, U.K.

Nunn, P.D. 2004. "Through a Mist on the Ocean: Human Understanding of Island Environments". Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 311-325.

Reaser, J.K., L.A. Meyerson, Q. Cronk, M. de Poorter, L.G. Eldrege, E. Green, M. Kairo, P. Latasi, R.N. Mack, J. Mauremootoo, D. O'Dowd, W. Orapa, S. Sastroutomo, A. Saunders, C. Shine, S. Thrainsson, and L. Vaiutu. 2007. "Ecological and socioeconomic impacts of invasive alien species in island ecosystems". Environmental Conservation, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 1-14.

Stoddart, D.R and R.P.D. Walsh. 1992. "Environmental Variability and Environmental Extremes As Factors in the Island Ecosystem". Atoll Research Bulletin, no. 356.

Storch, G. 1992. "The Mammals of Island Europe". Scientific American, vol. 226, no. 2, pp. 64-69.

Wallace, A.R. 1892 (1st edition) and 1895 (second edition). Island Life or The Phenomena and Causes of Insular Faunas and Floras Including a Revision and Attempted Solution of the Problem of Geological Climates. MacMillan and Co., London and New York.

Yoshida, K. 2008. "Evolutionary cause of the vulnerability of insular communities". Ecological Modelling, vol. 210, pp. 403-413.

A tourist on the Galapagos Islands beside sea lions.

Wildlife on the Galapagos Islands.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2004.)


Publications: Island Governance.

Baldacchino, G. 2011. "Surfers of the ocean waves: Change management, intersectoral migration and the economic development of small island states". Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 236-246.

Baldacchino, G. and D. Milne (eds.). 2009. The Case for Non-Sovereignty: Lessons from Sub-National Island Jurisdictions, Taylor and Francis, London, U.K.

Beall, C.P. 1977. "Frisland: Myth or Reality". Terrae Incognitae: The Annals of the Society for the History of Discoveries, vol. IX, pp. 81-88.

Campling, L. 2006. "A Critical Political Economy of the Small Island Developing States Concept: South-South Cooperation for Island Citizens?" Journal of Developing Societies, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 235-285.

Connell, J. 1988. Sovereignty and Survival: Island Microstates in the Third World, Research Monograph No. 3, full text (7.5 Mb in PDF).

Druet, D. 2006. "Towards a Practical Paradigm: Environmental Security and Small Island Developing States". Paper at Revolution or Evolution? Emerging Threats to Security in the 21st Century, First Annual Graduate Symposium, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 24-26 March 2006.

Hussain, A.S. 2008. Governance and Vulnerability in Small Island States. PhD dissertation, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

Jackson, M. and V. della Dora. 2009. "'Dreams so big only the sea can hold them': man-made islands as anxious spaces, cultural icons, and travelling visions". Environment and Planning A, vol. 41, no. 9, pp. 2086-2104.

Kardol, R. 1999. Proposed Inhabited Artificial Islands in International Waters: International Law Analysis in Regards to Resource Use, Law of the Sea and Norms of Self-Determination and State Recognition. Master's thesis at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

UNCTAD. 2004. Is a special treatment of small island developing States possible?. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference On Trade And Development), New York, U.S.A. and Geneva, Switzerland.

Looking over the rooftops of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, the Azores.

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, the capital of the Azores, an autonomous island group of Portugal.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2003.)


Publications: Island Livelihoods.
See also
Unique Island Livelihoods

ADB. 2003. Water Voices. DVD (including water vulnerability and solutions from Fiji, the Philippines, Tonga, and Kiribati) from ADB (Asian Development Bank), the Philippines.

Amuedo-Dorantes, C., S. Pozo, and C. Vargas-Silva. 2008. Remittances and the Macroeconomy The Case of Small Island Developing States. UNU WIDER Research Paper No. 2007/22, UNU WIDER (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research), Helsinki, Finland.

Amuedo-Dorantes, C., S. Pozo, and C. Vargas-Silva. 2010. "Remittances in Small Island Developing States". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 941-960.

Angelucci, F. and P. Conforti. 2010. "Risk management and finance along value chains of Small Island Developing States. Evidence from the Caribbean and the Pacific". Food Policy, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 565-575.

Baldacchino, G. 2005. "Island Entrepreneurs: Insights from Exceptionally Successful Knowledge-Driven SMEs from 5 European Island Territories". Journal of Enterprising Culture, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 145-170.

Baldacchino, G. 2005. "Successful Small Scale Manufacturing: A Comparative Assessment Across Five European Island Regions". Bank of Valletta Review, no. 31, pp. 17-31.

Baldacchino, G. 2005. "Successful Small Scale Manufacturing from Small Islands: Comparing Firms benefiting from Local Raw Material Input". Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 21-38.

Baldacchino, G. 2005. "The Contribution of 'Social Capital' to Economic Growth: Lessons from Island Jurisdictions". The Round Table, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 31-46.

Baldacchino, G. 2006. "Innovative Development Strategies from Non-Sovereign Island Jurisdictions? A Global Review of Economic Policy and Governance Practices". World Development, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 852-867.

Baldacchino, G. 2010. "Islands and beers: Toasting a discriminatory approach to small island manufacturing". Asia Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 61-72.

Bertram, G. and R.F. Watters. 1985. "The MIRAB Economy in South Pacific Microstates", Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 417-519.

Bertram, G. and R.F. Watters. 1986. "The MIRAB Process: Earlier Analyses in Context", Pacific Viewpoint, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 47-59.

Cloin, J. 2006. Overview of Pacific regional biofuel activities. SOPAC Annual Session STAR Paper, SOPAC (Secretariat of the Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission), Suva, Fiji.

Douglas, C.H. 2009. "Editorial: Sustainable environmental management in small island states and territories: technological issues, applications and solutions". International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 119-122.

Graci, S. and R. Dodds. 2010. Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations, Earthscan, London, U.K.

Feeny, S. and M. McGillivray. 2010. "Aid and Growth in Small Island Developing States". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 897-917.

Feeny, S. and M. Rogers. 2010. "Policy Arena: Public Sector Efficiency, Foreign Aid and Small Island Developing States". Journal of International Development, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 526-546.

Fielding, D. 2010. "Aid and Dutch Disease in the South Pacific and in Other Small Island States". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 918-940.

Hampton, M.P. and J. Christensen. 2002. "Offshore Pariahs? Small Island Economies, Tax Havens, and the Re-configuration of Global Finance". World Development, vol. 30, issue 9 (September), pp. 1657-1673.

Hansen, H. and D. Headey. 2010. "The Short-Run Macroeconomic Impact of Foreign Aid to Small States: An Agnostic Time Series Analysis". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 877-896.

Kelman, I. 2007. "Sustainable Livelihoods from Natural Heritage on Islands". Island Studies Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 101-114, full text (447 kb in PDF) and updates (as a webpage).

Kelman, I. (ed.). 2007. "The island advantage: Practices for prospering in isolation". id21 insights, no. 70 (November), pp. 1-6, full text (466 kb in PDF).

Lutchman, I. 2005. Marine Protected Areas: Benefits and Costs for Islands. WWF the Netherlands, Zeist, the Netherlands.

Mahon, R. and P. McConney. 2004. "Managing the managers: improving the structure and operation of small fisheries departments, especially in SIDS". Ocean & Coastal Management, vol. 47, no. 9-10, 529-535.

McGillivray, M., W. Naudé, A.U. Santos-Paulino. 2010. "Vulnerability, Trade, Financial Flows and State Failure in Small Island Developing States". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 815-827.

Oberst, A. and J.L. McElroy. 2007. "Contrasting Socio-Economic and Demographic Profiles of Two, Small Island, Economic Species: MIRAB versus PROFIT/SITE". Island Studies Journal, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 163-176.

Poirine, B. 1994. "Rent, Emigration and Unemployment in Small Islands: The MIRAB Model and the French Overseas Departments and Territories". World Development, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 1997-2009.

Read. R. 2008. "Policy Arena: Foreign Direct Investment In Small Island Developing States". Journal of International Development, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 502-525.

Santos-Paulino, A.U. 2010. "Terms of Trade Shocks and the Current Account in Small Island Developing States". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 855-876.

Shareef, R. 2003. "Small island tourism economies: a bird’s eye view". Pp. 1124–1129 in D. Post (ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, vol. 3 Socio-economic Systems, Townsville, Australia, 2003.

Shareef, R. and S. Hoti. 2005. "Small island tourism economies and country risk ratings". Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, vol. 68, no. 5-6, pp. 557-570.

Shareef, R. and M. McAleer. 2005. "Modelling International Tourism Demand and Volatility in Small Island Tourism Economies". International Journal of Tourism Research, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 313-333.

Scheyvensa, R. and J. Momsen. 2008. "Tourism in Small Island States: From Vulnerability to Strengths". Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 491-510.

Sopoaga, E.S. 2004. "The Small Island States: The Challenge of Energy". New Academy Review. vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 109-112.

Stuart, E.K. 2006. "Energizing the Island Community: a Review of Policy Standpoints for Energy in Small Island States and Territories". Sustainable Development, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 139-147.

Summary Report Panel on ICTs and Small Island Developing States at the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2012), Atlanta, USA, March 12, 2012, full text (184 kb in PDF).

Thaman, R.R. 1995. "Urban Food Gardening in the Pacific Islands: A Basis for Food Security in Rapidly Urbanising Small-Island States". Habitat International, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 209-224.

"Viewpoints". 2007. "Given its relatively high cost, is renewable energy the answer for SIDS?" Natural Resources Forum, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 162-165.

View from a hotel room on the Bahamas towards a white sand beach.

View from a hotel room near Nassau, the Bahamas: breeding sustainable livelihoods or dependency on external forces?
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2011.)


Publications: Island Sustainability.

Avilés, L.A. 2011. "The credibility of small island overpopulation: A critique of population density maps as a proxy for overpopulation". ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 215-231.

Commonwealth Foundation. 2004. The Commonwealth Foundation and Small Island Developing States, 2001-2004. Commonwealth Foundation, London, U.K.

Dahl, A.L. 1985. "Conservation on small islands: the human dimension". IUCN Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 7-9, pp. 88-89.

Douglas, C.H. 2006. "Editorial Small Island States and Territories: Sustainable Development Issues and Strategies - Challenges for Changing Islands in a Changing World". Sustainable Development, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 75-80.

Falkland, A.C. (ed.) 1991. Hydrology and water resources of small islands: a practical guide. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Paris, France.

Falkland, A.C. (ed.) 1992. Small tropical islands: water resources of Paradise Lost. IHP Humid Tropics Programme Series 2. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Paris, France.

Grote, J. 2010. "The Changing Tides of Small Island States Discourse - A Historical Overview of the Appearance of Small Island States in the International Arena". Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, vol. 2010, no. 2, pp. 164-191.

Kerr, S.A. 2005. "What is Small Island Sustainable Development about?", Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 48, nos. 7-8, pp. 503-524.

Mataki, M. and K. Koshy. 2004 (August). Learning Methods and Networking to Bridging the Knowledge and Learning Gaps in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

McConney, P. and R. Mahon. 2005. Size matters: Scaling management and capacity to achieve sustainability in SIDS. FAO Fisheries Report No. 782, pp. 293-306.

McGillivray, M., W. Naudé, A.U. Santos-Paulino. 2008. "Policy Arena: Small Island States Development Challenges: Introduction". Journal of International Development, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 481-485.

Rughooputh, S., C. Jeetoo, and D. Daby. 2005. "ICZM Framework Development: Proposal for SIDS". Paper at IRFD World Forum on Small Island Developing States: Challenges, Prospects and International Cooperation for Sustainable Development, Virtual Conference, 15 November 2004 to 1 March 2005.

Strachan, J. and C. Vigilance (eds.). 2008. Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States: Issues and Challenges, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

Tisdell, C. 1993. "Project Appraisal, The Environment and Sustainability for Small Islands". World Development, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 213-219.

UN. 1994. Report of the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Document A/CONF.167/9 (October, 1994) from Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Bridgetown, Barbados, United Nations.

UN. 2005. Draft Mauritius Strategy for the further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Document A/CONF.207/CRP.7 (13 January 2005) from International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Program of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Port Louis, Mauritius, United Nations.

A solar powered water fountain at the Future Centre Trust, Barbados.

A solar powered water fountain at the Future Centre Trust, Barbados.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 1999.)


Publications: Island Vulnerability, Resilience, Risk, and Disasters

  • General.

  • Climate Change.

  • Economic.

  • Sea Level.


  • General

    Black, F.L. 1966. "Measles Endemicity in Insular Populations: Critical Community Size and Its Evolutionary Implication". Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 11, pp. 207-211.

    Briguglio, L. 2003 (August). "Some Considerations with Regard to the Construction of an Index of Disaster Risk with Special Reference to Islands and Small States". Presented at Information and Indicators Program for Disaster Risk Management, IADB - ECLAC - IDEA, Execution of Component II, Indicators for Disaster Risk Management Operation ATN/JF-7907-RG.

    Gaillard, J.C. 2007. "Resilience of traditional societies in facing natural hazards". Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 522-544.

    Gaudru, H. 2005 (March). Potential Impacts Of Eruptions On Volcanic Islands. (106 kb in Rich Text Format).

    Herrmann, T.M., E. Ronneberg, M. Brewster, and M. Dengo. 2005. "Social and Economic Aspects of Disaster Reduction, Vulnerability and Risk Management in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)". Pp 231-233 in United Nations (ed.) Know Risk, Tudor Rose Publisher, U.K.

    Jeffery, S.E. 1981. The Creation of Vulnerable Populations. University of Bath, Bath, U.K., full text (250 kb in Rich Text Format).

    Kaly, U., C. Pratt, and R. Howorth. 2002. "A framework for managing environmental vulnerability in Small Island Developing States". Development Bulletin, vol. 58, pp. 33-38.

    Kelman, I. Complete island publications list (as a webpage).

    Kelman, I. 1998. Role of Technology in Managing Vulnerability to Natural Disasters, with Case Studies of Volcanic Disasters on Non-Industrialized Islands. Master of Applied Science dissertation, download the entire dissertation (links to another website).

    Kelman, I. 2009. "Overcoming Island Vulnerability". Emergencies Bulletin, no. 1 (January-April), pp. 14-17, full text (173 kb in PDF).

    Kelman, I. 2012. "SIDS and ICTs: Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction, Including Climate Change Adaptation". Presentation at ICTD: International conference on information and communication technologies and development, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, but presented via Webinar from Oslo, Norway, 12 March 2012, session summary (184 kb in PDF).

    Kelman, I. and J.C. Gaillard. 2009. "Introduction: Islands of Risk, Islands of Hope". Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1-2.

    Kelman, I., J. Lewis, J.C. Gaillard, J. Mercer. 2011. "Participatory action research for dealing with disasters on islands". Island Studies Journal, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 59-86.

    Kyan, S. (ed.). 1998 (March). Proceedings of Emergency Management in the Small Islands: Learning from Natural Disasters and Forming Mitigation System. Research Institute for Subtropics, Naha, Okinawa, Japan, full text (12,113 MB in PDF).

    Lewis, J. 1981 (16 October). "Project Proposal Outline: Field Identification of development projects for disaster mitigation". Prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme, full text (1,371 MB in PDF).

    Lewis, J. 1982 (February). "A Three-Part Proposal: Three stages for natural disaster mitigation strategy: Integrated with socio-economic development at national, provincial and local levels". Prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme, full text: first half (3,820 MB in PDF) and second half (3,979 MB in PDF).

    Commentary on the above document by James Lewis (4 November 2007):

    The file which contained this proposal included correspondence and a 'project document' prepared by UNEP, something that required official approval and commitment. Some months later, a file note by me recorded a conversation with someone in Geneva to the effect that "the UN Governing Council recommended UNEP to pull out of natural disasters". That was all the notification I had that the idea had come to an end!

    When, in 1983, I was asked to evaluate UNEP's disasters programme, I was able to state my view that the decision to 'pull out' would greatly diminish international conception and effort to reduce disasters (or words to that effect). It had all been a UNEP/UNDRO power struggle.

    Lewis, J. 1982 (October). The Economic and Social Effects of Natural Disasters on the Least Developed and Developing Island Countries: With special reference to Antigua and Barbuda; Republic of Cape Verde; Comoros Federal Islamic Republic (and Mayotte); Republic of the Maldives; Western Samoa. A report for UNCTAD VI, Belgrade 1983, James Lewis Consultancy Services for Disaster Mitigation, Marshfield, U.K., full text first half (6,109 MB in PDF) and second half (5,082 MB in PDF).

    Lewis, J. 1991. "Tropical Cyclones and Island States". pp. 39-44 in Shelter, Settlements, Policy and the Poor, Sixth Inter-Schools Conference on Development, ITDG, U.K., full text (488 kb in PDF).

    Lewis, J. 1999. Development in Disaster-prone Places: Studies of Vulnerability. Intermediate Technology Publications, London, U.K.

    Lewis, J. 1999. Development in Disaster-prone Places:  Studies of Vulnerability. Intermediate Technology Publications, London, U.K.




    The author may be contacted at Datum International.

    Lewis, J. 2001 (November). Island characteristics and vulnerability: some perspectives (25 kb in Rich Text Format).

    Lewis, J. Complete publications list (751 kb in Rich Text Format).

    Lewis, J. 2009. "An Island Characteristic: Derivative vulnerabilities to indigenous and exogenous hazards". Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 3-15.

    Méheux, K., D. Dominey-Howes, and K. Lloyd. 2007. "Natural hazard impacts in small island developing states: A review of current knowledge and future research needs". Natural Hazards, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 429-446.

    Mossler, M. 1996. "Environmental Hazard Analysis and Small Island States: Rethinking Academic Approaches". Geographische Zeitschrift, vol. 84, issue 2, pp. 86-93.

    Pelling, M. and J.I. Uitto. 2001. "Small Island Developing States: Natural Disaster Vulnerability and Global Change". Environmental Hazards, vol. 3, no. 2 (September), pp. 49-62.

    Turvey, R. 2007. "Vulnerability Assessment of Developing Countries: The Case of Small-island Developing States". Development Policy Review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 243-264.


    Climate Change

    ADB. 2003. Islands and Climate Change. DVD from ADB (Asian Development Bank), the Philippines.

    Barnett, J. and W.N. Adger. 2003. "Climate Dangers and Atoll Countries". Climatic Change, vol. 61, pp. 321-337.

    Briguglio, L., K. Koshy, L. Nurse, and P.P. Wong. 2007. "Climate Change and Small Island Developing States". Pp. 34-45 in Uganda's Commonwealth Summit: A briefing on issues before the leaders at Kampala in November 2007, Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, London, U.K.

    Byrne, J. and V. Inniss. 2002. "Island Sustainability and Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change". Chapter 1, pp. 2-29 in H.-H.M. Hsiao, C.-H. Liu, and H.-M. Tsai (eds.) Sustainable Development for Island Societies: Taiwan and the World. Asia-Pacific Research Program, Taipei, Taiwan.

    Cherian, A. 2007. "Linkages between biodiversity conservation and global climate change in small island developing States (SIDS)". Natural Resources Forum, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 128-131.

    Fankhauser, S. and J. Ward. 2010. Regional implications of the AGF recommendations: Small Island Developing States. Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Special Issue, November 2010/D, Climate and Development Knowledge Network, London, U.K.

    Huang, J.C.K. 1997. "Climate change and integrated coastal management: a challenge for small island nations". Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 95-107.

    Julca, A. and O. Paddison. 2010. "Vulnerabilities and migration in Small Island Developing States in the context of climate change". Natural Hazards, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 717-728.

    Kelman, I. 2010. "Hearing local voices from Small Island Developing States for climate change". Local Environment, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 605-619.

    Mitchell, T. and F. Yamin. 2005 (November). Addressing technical assistance needs for adaptation to climate change in vulnerable Commonwealth countries: A Report Prepared for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, U.K.

    Nurse, L. and R. Moore. 2007. "Critical considerations for future action during the second commitment period: A small islands’ perspective". Natural Resources Forum, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 102-110.

    Nurse, L. and R. Moore. 2005. "Adaptation to Global Climate Change: An Urgent Requirement for Small Island Developing States". RECIEL: Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 100-107.

    Quarless, D. 2007. "Introduction: Addressing the vulnerability of SIDS". Natural Resources Forum, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 99-101.

    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Climate Change, a list of Ilan Kelman's publications (15 kb in PDF).

    UNDP/FIELD. 2003. SIDS Workshop on Insurance and Climate-Related Extreme Weather Events. Workshop Report. Final. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law), New York, New York, U.S.A. and London, U.K.

    UNOHRLLS. 2007 (June). The Impact of Climate Change on Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. UNOHRLLS (United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States), New York, New York, USA.

    Young, S.G. 2010. "New Media and Environmental Governance: Engendering Participation and Creating Constituencies to Address Climate Change in Small Island Developing States". Paper at the 2nd UNITAR'-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., 17-19 September 2010.

    Warrick, R. 2000. "Strategies for Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in the Context of National Communications". The 2nd AOSIS Workshop on Climate Change Negotiations, 31 July to 3 August 2000, Apia, Samoa.


    Economic

    Adrianto, L. and Y. Matsuda. 2002. "Developing economic vulnerability indices of environmental disasters in small island regions". Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 22, issue 4 (August), pp. 393-414.

    Briguglio, L. 1995. "Small Island Developing States and Their Economic Vulnerabilities". World Development, vol. 23, issue 9 (September), pp. 1615-1632.

    Briguglio, L. 2003. "The Vulnerability Index and Small Island Developing States: A Review Of Conceptual And Methodological Issues". Paper Prepared for the AIMS Regional Preparatory Meeting on The Bpoa+10 Review Praia, Cape Verde, 1-5 September 2003.

    Fairbairn, T.I.J. 2007. "Economic Vulnerability and Resilience of Small Island States". Island Studies Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 133-140.

    Guillaumont, P. 2010. "Assessing the Economic Vulnerability of Small Island Developing States and the Least Developed Countries". Journal of Development Studies, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 828-854.


    Sea Level

    Cameron, F.R. 2011. "Saving the 'disappearing islands': Climate change governance, Pacific island states and cosmopolitan dispositions". Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 25, no. 6, 873-886.

    Church, J.A., N.J. White, and J.R. Hunter. 2006. "Sea-level rise at tropical Pacific and Indian Ocean islands". Global and Planetary Change, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 155-168.

    Cowell, P.J. and P.S. Kench. 2010. "The Morphological Response of Atoll Islands to Sea-Level Rise. Part 1: Modifications to the Shoreface Translation Model". Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 34, ICS 2000 Proceedings, pp. 633-644.

    Gibbons, S.J.A. and R.J. Nicholls. 2006. "Island abandonment and sea-level rise: An historical analog from the Chesapeake Bay, USA". Global Environmental Change, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 40-47.

    Gilman, E.L., J. Ellison, V. Jungblut, H. Van Lavieren, L. Wilson, F. Areki, G. Brighouse, J. Bungitak, E. Dus, M. Henry, M. Kilman, E. Matthews, I. Sauni Jr., N. Teariki-Ruatu, S. Tukia, and K. Yuknavage. 2006. "Adapting to Pacific Island mangrove responses to sea level rise and climate change". Climate Research vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 161-176.

    Kench, P.S. and P.J. Cowell. 2010. "The Morphological Response of Atoll Islands to Sea-Level Rise. Part 2: Application of the Modified Shoreface Translation Model". Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 34, ICS 2000 Proceedings, pp. 645-656.

    Lewis, J. 1990. "Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise". The Environmentalist, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 141-143.

    Lewis, J. 1990. "Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise, Malé, Republic of the Maldives, 14-18 November 1989". Disasters, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 77-78.

    Lewis, J. 1990. "The Vulnerability of Small Island States to Sea Level Rise: The Need for Holistic Strategies". Disasters, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 241-248.

    Roy, P. and J. Connell. 1990. "Climatic Change and the Future of Atoll States". Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 1057-1075.

    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Climate Change, a list of Ilan Kelman's publications (15 kb in PDF).

    Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise, 14-18 November 1989, Male, the Maldives, Proceedings.

    Stoutenburg, J.G. 2011. "Implementing a New Regime of Stable Maritime Zones to Ensure the (Economic) Survival of Small Island States Threatened by Sea-Level Rise". The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 263-311.

    Woodroffe, C.D. 2008. "Reef-island topography and the vulnerability of atolls to sea-level rise". Global and Planetary Change, vol. 62, no. 1-2, pp. 77-96.

    Webb, A.P. and P.S. Kench. 2010. "The dynamic response of reef islands to sea-level rise: Evidence from multi-decadal analysis of island change in the Central Pacific". Global and Planetary Change, vol. 72, no. 3, pp. 234-246.

    Yamamoto, L. and M. Esteban. 2010. "Vanishing Island States and sovereignty". Ocean & Coastal Management, vol. 53, pp. 1-9.

    Storm surge barrier on Fanø, Denmark.

    Storm surge barrier on Fanø, Denmark.
    (Copyright Ilan Kelman 2009.)


    Publications: Small States

    Atkins, J.P. (Author), S. Mazzi, and C.D. Easter. 2000. A Commonwealth Vulnerability Index for Developing Countries: The Position of Small States. The Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Briguglio, L., G. Cordina, N. Farrugia, and C. Vigilance. 2008. Small States and the Pillars of Economic Resilience. Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta, Malta and the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Briguglio, L., G. Cordina, and E.J. Kisanga. 2006. Building the Economic Resilience of Small States. Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta, Malta and the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Briguglio, L. and J. Kaminarides. 1993. "Introduction". World Development, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 193-195.

    Briguglio, L. and E.J. Kisanga. 2004. Economic Vulnerability and Resilience of Small States. Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta, Malta and the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Bruyninckx, H. 2005. "Academic Research In a Small Country: Called to Serve!" International Environmental Agreements, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 387-393.

    Commonwealth Secretariat. 1985. Vulnerability: Small states in the global society - Report of a Commonwealth Consultative Group. The Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Commonwealth Secretariat. 1987. The Challenge of scale: educational development in the small states of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Commonwealth Secretariat. 1997. A Future for Small States: Overcoming Vulnerability. The Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Crowards, T. 2002. "Defining the Category of 'Small' States". Journal of International Development, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 143-179.

    Easterly, W. and A. Kraay. 1999. Small States, Small Problems?. The World Bank, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

    Easterly, W. and A. Kraay. 2000. "Small States, Small Problems? Income, Growth, and Volatility in Small States". World Development, vol. 28, no. 11, pp. 2013-2027.

    Farrugia, C. 1993. "The Special Working Environment of Senior Administrators in Small States". World Development, vol. 21, no. 2. pp. 221-226.

    Joiner, D., G. Wignaraja, and M. Lezama. 2004. Small States in Transition: From Vulnerability to Competitiveness. The Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Kaminarides, J. and E. Nissan. 1993. "The Effects of International Debt on the Economic Development of Small Countries". World Development, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 227-232.

    Kisanga, E.J. and S.J. Danchie (eds.). Commonwealth Small States: Issues and Prospects. The Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

    Liou, F.M. and C.G. Ding. 2002. "Subgrouping Small States Based on Socioeconomic Characteristics". World Development, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 1289-1306.

    Martin, M. and M. Bray (eds.). 2011. Tertiary education in small states: Planning in the context of globalization. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris, France.

    Milner, C. and T. Westaway. 1993. "Country Size and the Medium-Term Growth Process: Some Cross-Country Evidence". World Development, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 203-211.

    Paul, J.A. 2000. "Small States and Territories". Global Policy Forum, July, 2000, http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/172/30309.html

    Pollard, Duke E.E. 2007. "Unincorporated Treaties and Small States". Commonwealth Law Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 389-421.

    Strachan, J. 2008. Data Paper: Promoting the Interests of Small States in International Institutions. 28th Small Branches Conference, 3-4 August 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Streeten, P. 1993. "The Special Problems of Small Countries". World Development, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 197-202.

    World Development. 2000. Special issue with selected papers from an international conference on islands and small states held in Valletta, Malta, 23-25 May 1991, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 191-318.

    Zeilinger, A.F. 2004. Enclaves in International Law, with Special Consideration Given to International Landlocked Enclaves. M.A. Dissertation, Department of Law, University of Durham, Durham, U.K.

    River valley in Luxembourg.

    Luxembourg.
    (Copyright Ilan Kelman 1999.)


    Special Journal Issues About Islands

    See also:

    Emergences: Journal for the Study of Media & Composite Cultures. 2000. Special issue on "Islands: Waterways, Flowways, Folkways", vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 229-404.

    Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography. 2003. Special issue on "Nature-Society Interactions on Islands", vol. 85, issue 4, pp. 187-264.

    Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography. 2005. Special issue on "Islands - Objects of Representation", vol. 87, issue 4, pp. 247-305.

    Geographical Review. 2007. Special issue on "Islands", vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 153-306.

    Geographische Zeitschrift. 1996. Special issue on "Small Islands, Large Questions", vol. 84, issue 2, pp. 63-101.

    Human Ecology. 1997. Special issue on "Islands as Laboratories", vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 379-518.

    id21 insights. 2007. "The island advantage: Practices for prospering in isolation", no. 70 (November), pp. 1-6, full text (466 kb in PDF).

    International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management. 2009. Special issue on "Sustainable Environmental Management and Technological Applications in Small Island Developing States and Island Territories – Progress and Capacities", vol. 10, issue 2, pp. 119-240.

    Journal of Coastal Research. 1997. Special Issue No. 24: "Island States At Risk: Global Climate Change, Development And Population", Fall 1997, pp. 1-242.

    Journal of Developing Societies. 2006. Special issue on "Island Sustainability in a Global Context", vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 227-343.

    Journal of Development Studies. 2010. Special issue on "Fragility and Development in Small Island Developing States", vol. 46, issue 5, pp. 815-980.

    Journal of International Development. 2008. "Policy Arena" section on "Small island states development challenges", vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 481-571.

    Journal of International Development. 2010. "Policy Arena: Climate, disasters, and international development", vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 208-281.

    LiNQ. 2010. Special issue on "Islands", vol. 37, pp. 1-190.

    Natural Resources Forum. 2007. Special issue on "Addressing the vulnerability of SIDS", vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 99-131.

    Our Planet. 2004. Special issue on "Seas, Oceans and Small Islands", vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 1-32.

    Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures. 2009. Special issue on "Islands of Risk, Islands of Hope", vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1-99, full text freely available http://www.shimajournal.org.

    Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2009. Special Issue on "Neoliberalism, Mobilities And Development: Caribbean Intersections", vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 151-295.

    Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2010. Special issue on "Small Island Sustainability In The Pacific", vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 1-139.

    Space and Culture. 2010. Special issue on "Postcolonialism and Islands", vol. 13, issue 2, pp. 140-215.

    Sustainable Development. 2006. Special issue on "Small Island States and Territories: Sustainable Development Issues and Strategies - Challenges for Changing Islands in a Changing World", vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 75-147.

    Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 2004. Special issue on "Islands", vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 269-339.

    Views (National Trust, U.K.). 2003. Special issue on "Islands and Oases", issue 38, pp. 1-77, full text (2.8 Mb in PDF).

    Waterfall tumbling down the volcano slopes of Upolu, Samoa.

    Cascade on Upolu, Samoa.
    (Copyright Ilan Kelman 2004.)


    Websites: Island Development and Sustainability.

    These websites are not location-specific. For resources on specific locations, please refer to that location (see the menu at the left side at the top of this page).

    AOSIS
    Alliance of Small Island States
    "A coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of global climate change."

    Biodiplomacy
    "BioDiplomacy uses diplomatic skills to promote global diversity, especially in island communities...The main skills are policy analysis, negotiating and lobbying, reporting and networking...BioDiplomacy interprets 'diversity' to include the natural world's habitats and species and the diversity of human physical, cultural and social artefacts; eg products, languages, the built environment and social systems."

    Centre for Small States
    "The Home for Research and Learning into the Legal Issues Facing Small States."

    CENTICA
    Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas
    "The work of CENTICA focuses on producing high quality applied research on the development and management challenges facing tourism in islands and coastal areas."

    CII
    Clean Islands International, Inc.
    "A non-profit non-governmental organization with international members who are dedicated to providing educational and technical assistance to island communities for the preservation and beautification of indigenous natural environments and the sustainable development of proper solid waste handling practices."

    Commonwealth Secretariat's Work on Small States
    "The Secretariat attaches high priority to supporting the integration of small states in the global economy, building their resilience and competitiveness, and helping them take advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges arising from globalisation."

    FAO SIDS Page
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Includes "FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System", "Documents and Publications", and "Links of Interest to SIDS".

    Frontlines Forum
    "Seeks community-based experiences with climate change: impacts, opportunities and adaptation strategies. It provides a platform for sharing observations, concerns and innovations. We invite contributions from indigenous or rural communities in small islands, high altitudes, the Arctic, desert margins and other vulnerable environments."

    GIN
    Global Islands Network
    "The Global Islands Network is a non-profit organisation established in June 2002 to conduct and promote culturally appropriate, ecologically sound, economically sustainable and socially equitable development on islands worldwide. To realise this mission GIN has adopted the following basic objectives:

    • facilitating the capacity of islanders to acquire, disseminate and utilise knowledge resources

    • improving access to existing data and generating original information about islands

    • providing technical assistance and supporting initiatives which further integrated development on small islands

    • encouraging collaborative projects and comparative studies between and among islands

    • fostering cooperation by sharing good practices and offering a forum for discussion

    • strengthening the voice of island communities as well as their representatives in intergovernmental and policy making bodies."

    GLISPA
    Global Islands Partnership
    GLISPA brings together over 20 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as major non-governmental and multilateral organizations, to assist islands in addressing one of the world’s greatest challenges: to protect and sustainably manage the invaluable natural resources that support people, cultures, and livelihoods in their island homes around the world.

    GSEII
    Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative
    "Towards energy independence, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and socio-economic development:
    -Assist SIDS to develop and implement national Sustainable Energy Plans
    -Build local capacity for, and reduce obstacles of, clean energy and energy efficiency projects
    -Increase international awareness of SIDS to influence global climate change mitigation."

    IIS
    Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
    "A research, education and public policy institute...With an emphasis always on Prince Edward Island, the work of the Institute focuses on the culture, environment and economy of small islands."

    INSULA
    International Scientific Council for Island Development
    "To contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of islands throughout the world, as well as to the protection of island environment and the development of their resources."

    IRF
    Island Resources Foundation
    "A private, non-profit research and education organization based at Red Hook in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, dedicated to solving the environmental problems of development in small tropical islands".

    ISISA
    International Small Islands Studies Association.
    "Our objectives are to study islands on their own terms, and to encourage free scholarly discussion on small island related matters such as islandness, smallness, insularity, dependency, resource management and environment, and the nature of island life."

    Islands & Small States Institute
    "The Islands & Small States Institute promotes research and training on economic, social, cultural, ecological and geographical aspects of islands and small states. It also offers postgraduate courses on islands and small states studies."

    Islands of Globalization
    "The project seeks to enhance understandings of the origins, nature and consequences of globalization from the perspective of small island societies, and in the context of changing notions of 'islandness'."

    Island Studies
    "Island Studies is the global, comparative and inter-disciplinary study of islands on their own terms. This site is a key electronic depository of research material which supports the study of islands. It is meant to facilitate international, regional, national and local scholarship in all branches of island knowledge."

    Many Strong Voices
    "A collaborative programme to ensure the well-being, security and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States in the face of climate change."

    Ocean Dots
    "An image-based encyclopedia of islands."

    PDC
    Pacific Disaster Center
    "To provide applied information research and analysis support for the development of more effective policies, institutions, programs, and information products for the disaster management and humanitarian assistance communities of the Asia Pacific region and beyond."

    SICRI
    Small Island Cultures Research Initiative
    "SICRI was established in 2004 to facilitate communication and collaboration between researchers and cultural practitioners working with small island communities. SICRI's principal aim is to research and assist the maintenance and development of the language, music, dance, folkloric and media cultures of small island communities. It aims to identify potential research partners and appropriate strategies and funding sources to benefit small island cultures and those researching them. Key to SICRI's activities is the principle that external researchers should develop their projects in consultation with island communities and should reciprocate such co-operation with appropriate assistance and facilitation of local cultural initiatives."

    SIDSNet
    Small Island Developing States Network
    "A direct follow-up to the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA)...SIDSnet's main goal has been to utilise information and communication technologies (ICTs) to link SIDS in supporting the implementation of the sustainable development objectives of the BPoA."
    BPoA+10, Mauritius, 10-14 January 2005.
    IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin / Linkages from BPoA+10.

    SIV
    Small Islands Voice
    "The goal of this initiative is that the voice of the general public in small islands is heard loud and clear and that this voice becomes a driving force for island development."

    sustainabletourism.net
    "It is critically important to develop a responsible sustainable tourism and travel industry. Some of the areas that need to be considered to move the industry and your business forward include:
    -environmental management
    -sensitivity to cultural and social dynamics
    -sustainable management, training and customer service
    -sound financial and business planning
    -consideration for all stakeholders
    -long term vision
    -marketing and communications programs to showcase these elements."

    SVE
    Société Volcanologique Européenne.
    "An independent (NGO) scientific organization established in 1991...The main goal is to develop international cooperation in the field of forecasting of volcanic eruptions."

    UN DESA Small Islands
    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development
    "In April 1994, the first global conference on sustainable development and the implementation of Agenda 21 the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States was convened in Barbados. The conference highlighted the economic and ecological vulnerabilities of small island developing States (SIDS) and, through the adoption of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, it set forth specific policies, actions and measures to be taken at the national, regional and international levels in support of the sustainable development of SIDS."

    UNEP Islands Web Site
    United Nations Environment Programme
    "Provides access to a number of resources concerning islands, primarily from within the United Nations system." Includes an "Island Directory (compilation of geographic, environmental, and socio-economic information on some 2,000 islands and over 150 countries, territories and administrative units with islands)".

    UNESCO CSI
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands. See also their Wise Practices website.
    "A global platform for environmentally sound, socially equitable, culturally respectful and economically viable development in coastal regions and small islands. The driving force and goal is the prevention and resolution of conflicts over coastal resources and values."

    UNOHRLLS
    United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States
    Key functions: "(a) To assist the Secretary-General in ensuring the full mobilization and coordination of all parts of the United Nations system, with a view to facilitating the coordinated implementation of and coherence in the follow-up and monitoring of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries at the country, regional and global levels;
    (b) To provide coordinated support to the Economic and Social Council as well as the General Assembly in assessing progress and in conducting the annual review of the implementation of the Programme of Action;
    (c) To support, as appropriate, the coordinated follow-up of the implementation of the Global Framework This Global Framework has now been replaced by the Almaty Declaration and Programme of Action, 2003 for Transit Transport Cooperation between Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and the Donor Community and the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States;
    (d) To undertake appropriate advocacy work in favour of the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States in partnership with the relevant parts of the United Nations as well as with the civil society, media, academia and foundations;
    (e) To assist in mobilizing international support and resources for the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries and other programmes and initiatives for landlocked developing countries and small island developing States;
    (f) To provide appropriate support to group consultations of Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States."

    weADAPT: Small Islands and Climate Change
    "weADAPT is an online ‘open space’ on climate adaptation issues (including the synergies with mitigation) which allows practitioners, researchers and policy makers to access credible, high quality information and to share experiences and lessons learnt."

    Webbing the Islands
    "To provide to people with a passion for islands - especially teachers, students and community workers - a range of exciting and interesting island studies, activities and resources, and to offer this space online for you to share your work on islands with others around the world."

    World Bank Group Small States
    "More than 40 countries with populations below 1.5 million are members of the World Bank Group. According to the 2000 Report of the Joint Commonwealth Secretariat/World Bank Small States Task Force, they broadly share a set of common vulnerabilities:
    (i) remoteness and insularity,
    (ii) susceptibility to natural disasters and climate change,
    (iii) limited institutional capacity,
    (iv) open economies vulnerable to exogenous shocks and unable to easily diversify, and
    (vi) difficulty accessing external capital."

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