The lessons drawn from resettlements and planned relocations thus far--most notably in the Carteret Islands
of Papua New Guinea--underscore the importance of adequate funding, careful planning, restoring traditional livelihoods, and ensuring voluntary community participation throughout the entire process.
It explores actual and anticipated environmental pressures in Bangladesh, the Carteret Islands
, and Maldives, and examines mitigation and adaptation responses, including migration.
Inspired by the sense of possibility created on that September morning, Ulamila Kurai Wragg of Rarotonga, Cook islands, Ursula Rakova from the Carteret Islands
in Papua New Guinea, Constance Okollet of Uganda, and Sharon Hanshaw of Biloxi, Mississippi set out to take their stories around the globe.
Australian researcher McAdam, who has studied the Pacific islands' cases in depth, including Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Carteret Islands
, noted that the extent to which climate change was causing their submergence was not always clear.
In a paper published last month by the US journal Science, an international team of researchers said "climate-related resettlement" was already underway in Vietnam's Mekong delta, along the Limpopo River of Mozambique, in China's Inner Mongolia, the coast of Alaska and the Carteret Islands
in Papua New Guinea.
THE people of the six low-lying Carteret Islands
in Papua New Guinea have welcomed more than their fair share of curious but well-meaning researchers, journalists and film crew over the past few years.
Already, people living on the swamped Carteret Islands
have begun to evacuate to a larger island nearby.
The earth summit will hear from islanders from across the globe including from the Carteret Islands
(Papua New Guinea), Samoa, The Galapagos Islands, the Navarino islands (Chile), and Tiritiri Matanga (New Zealand) about the impacts of climate change and their hopes and fears for the future.
Rakova believes that the people of the Carteret Islands
are paying for the neglect of other nations that refuse to take responsibility for climate change.
It has also been estimated that by 2015, the Carteret Islands
could be largely submerged and entirely uninhabitable.
Perhaps, even as I write this, members of the two chambers are already giving their spare rooms over to former inhabitants of the now flooded Carteret Islands
and Kiribati and Tuvalu (formerly known as the Gilbert and Ellis Islands).