In 1965, we made a binding commitment to cede sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago
to Mauritius, when the archipelago is no longer needed for defence purposes.
We've all heard of the devastating effects climate change induced sea temperature rise has had on Australia's Great Barrier Reef but unfortunately this is a global problem and the reefs of the Chagos Archipelago
have not been spared.
over the Chagos Archipelago
, its declaration of the MPA was an exercise
Of course, successive Mauritian governments have maintained their claim to sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago
(including Diego Garcia), which was excised from the colony of Mauritius in breach of international law prior to the country's independence in 1968.
I am talking in particular about the Chagos archipelago
in the Indian ocean, where the South Shields MP David Miliband was instrumental in the cynical setting up of a marine reserve that would act to stop the return of the Chagos islanders decades after they had been evicted from their homeland.
In the 1960s-70s the British Labour Government forcibly removed the 2,000 inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago
in the Indian Ocean to make way for a US military base at Diego Garcia.
I'm bobbing about in an uninhabited palmfringed atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, in the Chagos Archipelago
, with no communications except for dodgy low-bandwidth email via our satphone and the phone itself, of course.
The Chagos Archipelago
, a group of seven atolls comprising approximately 60 individual islands, and which had been part of Mauritius since the 18th century, gave rise to another British outrage.
In a review of damselfishes of the world, Allen (1991: 66) illustrated Chromis dimidiata from Eilat, Red Sea and gave the distribution as "Widespread in the Indian Ocean including Kenya, Mauritius, Reunion, Chagos Archipelago
, Maldive Islands, Sri Lanka, Andaman Sea, and Christmas Island.
Tropical islands are reprised in one of their traditional roles as paradise (lost), particularly poignantly in the chapters by Picard, who analyses the semiotic 'magic' that adheres to tropical island souvenirs; and, at the opposite extreme, in the chapter by Ravi which looks at the piteous lot of the former inhabitants of Diego Garcia, an island in the Chagos archipelago
We need more ocean reserves like the Chagos Archipelago
if we are ever to sustain the worlds oceanic ecosystems.
NOAM Chomsky is one of the few of those who are politically literate in the United States who writes and talks about the situation of Diego Garcia, the largest island of the Chagos Archipelago
, a group of atolls comprising more than 60 islands in the Indian Ocean, and the site of a US military base.