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Disaster management and climate change adaptation: a remote island perspective
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 01:11 authored by Johnston, I
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a perspective on disaster management and climate change adaptation often left out of the literature – that of a remote outer island in Fiji. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative fieldwork was conducted on a small, remote island in the north of Fiji, during 2012. Interviews with community members on this island looked at their experiences and perceptions of disaster response and aid, and their expectations for the future. The perspectives of government and aid organisations involved in disaster response were compared with the remote community views. Findings – There is a prevalent view in Fiji of communities as having very high expectations of disaster relief aid, and being dependent on it. However, on a remote island where the community counts the wait for help in weeks rather than days, such expectations and dependence must be viewed in a different light. There is much to be learned from the resilience and self-help these communities have no choice but to exhibit. Originality/value – This paper helps to fill a gap in the disaster and climate change adaptation literature, by providing some insight into the experiences and perceptions of a remote outer island community, within the remote small island developing state of Fiji.
Publication titleDisaster Prevention and Management
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2014 Emerald Publishing Group