Natural Hazards

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 1131–1136 | Cite as

Progressive climate change and disasters: island perspectives

  • Ilan Kelman
  • Shabana Khan
Short Communication

Nearly ten per cent of the world’s population live on islands (Baldacchino 2006). Islands have been a significant place for international research and innovation. They are home to rare biodiversity and act as political security flashpoints. The significance of islands and their dynamics has been acknowledged in many such forms offering lessons, knowledge, and wisdom frequently transferable across oceans and continents (e.g. Baldacchino 2007a; Lewis 1999; McCall 1996). This short communication examines island perspectives for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). It evaluates trends and observations, extending an invitation for further exploration.

From the perspective of progressive climate change and related disasters, islands have often been viewed from two disparate positions. First, that islands stand as relatively isolated, fragile, and vulnerable communities needing help and, second, that islands actively contribute and participate in global efforts...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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