Atoll Island States and International Law: Climate Change by Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

By Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

Atoll Island States exist on most sensible of what's looked as if it would be one of many planet's such a lot susceptible ecosystems: atolls. it's been envisioned that a rise within the velocity of sea point upward push led to by means of expanding greenhouse fuel concentrations within the surroundings will make them disappear, forcing their population emigrate.
The current ebook represents a multidisciplinary criminal and engineering standpoint in this challenge, tough a few universal misconceptions concerning atolls and their vulnerability to sea-level upward push. Coral islands have survived previous alterations in sea degrees, and it's the survival of coral reefs what is going to be the most important for his or her persisted lifestyles. those islands are vital for his or her population as they signify not just their ancestral agricultural lands and historical past, but additionally a income throughout the exploitation of the maritime components linked to them. besides the fact that, no matter if confronted with severe weather switch, it may possibly theoretically be attainable for the richer Atoll Island States to engineer how you can hinder their major islands from disappearing, even though unfortunately no longer all may have the mandatory monetary assets to take action.
As islands develop into gradually uninhabitable their citizens should be compelled to settle in international lands, and will turn into stateless if the Atoll Island country ceases to be famous as a sovereign nation. notwithstanding, instead of tackling this challenge by way of getting into long negotiations over new treaties, more effective ideas, encompassing bilateral negotiations or the potential for buying small new territories, can be explored. this could ensure that Atoll Island States sooner or later to maintain a few kind of overseas sovereign character, which can gain the descendents of its contemporary inhabitants.

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183. Kench et al. (2009), p. 183. 23 Kench et al. (2009), p. 183. 24 Spalding et al. (2001), p. 10. 4 Coral Reefs and Foraminifers 23 case of smaller reefs, to more than 100 km2, and networks of barrier reefs can be even larger (such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is the largest biological construction on Earth, visible even from space). Coral reefs are characterised by a high level of biodiversity and elaborate specialization of resident species, and provide many ecosystem services that economically support nearby human populations.

Crucially also for Atoll Island States, the warming of the sea could lead to increased coral mortality, which together with ocean acidification might decrease the ability of these creatures to keep pace with sea level rise. The combinations of all these factors could render many atoll islands uninhabitable during the course of the next century, as will be discussed in more detail throughout the rest of this chapter. It is important to also remember that whether atolls become uninhabitable or disappear will probably depend on a number of ecological thresholds being breached or not.

2011). 64 Burke et al. (2011). 65 Barnett and Adger (2003), p. 327. 66 Barnett and Adger (2003), p. 327. 67 For example most people in Kiribati are engaged in subsistence activities, including fishing, the growing of bananas and copra (dried coconut), according to Loughry and McAdam (2008), p. 51. See also Maas and Carius (2012), pp. 1–17. In terms of the commercial exploitation of fisheries, tuna is very important to these islands, and 8 countries in the Pacific (Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu) have signed the Nauru Agreement, a subregional agreement on terms and conditions for tuna purse seine fishing licences in the region.

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