Small Island Developing States of the Pacific and Climate Change: Adaption and Alternatives

(2007) 4 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 247-286.

40 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2018

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Ceri Warnock

University of Otago - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The sea is our very close neighbour. In fact, on the island where I live, Funafuti, it is possible to throw a stone from the one side of the island to the other. Our islands are very low-lying. When a cyclone hits us there is no place to escape. We cannot climb any mountains or move away to take refuge. It is hard to describe the effects of a cyclonic storm surge when it washes right across our islands. I would not want to wish this experience on anyone. The devastation is beyond description... This concern is so serious for our people, that the cabinet, in which I am a member, has been exploring the possibility of buying land in a nearby country, in case we become refugees to the impacts of climate change.

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Law, New Zealand, Pacific Nations

JEL Classification: K00, K32

Suggested Citation

Warnock, Ceri, Small Island Developing States of the Pacific and Climate Change: Adaption and Alternatives (2007). (2007) 4 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 247-286. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3263855

Ceri Warnock (Contact Author)

University of Otago - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 56
Dunedin North
Dunedin, 9016
New Zealand

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