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Pacific Islands – GIWA Regional assessment 62

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Global International Waters Assessment
Pacific Islands, GIWA Regional assessment 62
University of Kalmar on behalf of United Nations Environment Programme
Publication date
November, 2004
South, G.R., Skelton, P., Veitayaki, J., Resture, A., Carpenter, C., Pratt, C. and A. Lawedrau
Available formats
Electronically (PDF), Hard copy (paperback)
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Pacific Islands region, which comprises 23 island nations or territories that exhibit enormous geomorphological, climatic, cultural and demographic diversity within a vast oceanic expanse. The region is unique because its inhabitants, who have close links with, and great cultural, economic and spiritual dependence on, their terrestrial and marine environment, are often the owners and users of these resources and ultimately govern their conservation and sustainable use. In addition to highlighting the overexploitation of fish and other living resources in densely populated areas, this report emphasises the vulnerability of many of these small island states to the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise and fluctuations in rainfall, which has enormous influence on the availability of freshwater in the region. The root causes of overexploitation and freshwater shortage are illustrated using several case studies and potential policy options to mitigate these problems in the future are discussed.

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Front cover (153 Kb)
Contents (58 Kb)
Executive summary (43 Kb)
Abbreviations and acronyms (40 Kb)
Regional definition (2 799 Kb)
Assessment (4 693 Kb)
Causal chain analysis (521 Kb)
Policy options (114 Kb)
References (86 Kb)
Annexes (127 Kb)
Global International Waters Assessment (610 Kb)
GIWA Methodology (195 Kb)
Back cover (796 Kb)

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