Journal article

Rising seas, immobilities, and translocality in small island states: case studies from Fiji and Tuvalu

Celia McMichael, Carol Farbotko, Annah Piggott-McKellar, Teresia Powell, Merineta Kitara



As increasing global temperatures lead to sea level rise and associated impacts (e.g. flooding, erosion, saltwater intrusion), the relocation of people and assets away from sites of coastal risk has been viewed by some as a certainty. However, many people affected by emerging coastal changes remain in sites of residence. Here we examine the experiences of residents in three low-lying villages across two small island states: Dreketi and Karoko in Fiji, and Funafala in Tuvalu. Analysis of qualitative data from interviews shows that residents are concerned about local coastal changes, and largely attribute them to climate change. While some anticipate future relocation and retreat, and a few ho..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Geographic Society Research Grant

Funding Acknowledgements

The research reported in this article is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP190100604) and a National Geographic Society Research Grant (HJ2-194R-18). The authors thank the residents of Funafala, Dreketi and Karoko for their time and contribution to the research. The research complies with the current laws of the countries in which it was conducted.