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Disaster management and climate change adaptation: a remote island perspective

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Johnston, I, Disaster management and climate change adaptation: a remote island perspective, Disaster Prevention and Management, 23, (2) pp. 123-137. ISSN 0965-3562 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1108/DPM-06-2013-0096

Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Expectations, Disasters, Community, Dependence, Aid, Remoteness
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental Sociology
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Author:Johnston, I (Dr Ingrid Johnston)
ID Code:91805
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-05-30
Last Modified:2015-04-29
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