Atoll Island States and International Law

Author: Lilian Yamamoto
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642381863
Format: PDF, ePub
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Atoll Island States exist on top of what is perceived to be one of the planet's most vulnerable ecosystems: atolls. It has been predicted that an increase in the pace of sea level rise brought about by increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will cause them to disappear, forcing their inhabitants to migrate. The present book represents a multidisciplinary legal and engineering perspective on this problem, challenging some common misconceptions regarding atolls and their vulnerability to sea-level rise. Coral islands have survived past changes in sea levels, and it is the survival of coral reefs what will be crucial for their continued existence. These islands are important for their inhabitants as they represent not only their ancestral agricultural lands and heritage, but also a source of revenue through the exploitation of the maritime areas associated with them. However, even if faced with extreme climate change, it could theoretically be possible for the richer Atoll Island States to engineer ways to prevent their main islands from disappearing, though sadly not all will have the required financial resources to do so. As islands become progressively uninhabitable their residents will be forced to settle in foreign lands, and could become stateless if the Atoll Island State ceases to be recognized as a sovereign country. However, rather than tackling this problem by entering into lengthy negotiations over new treaties, more practical solutions, encompassing bilateral negotiations or the possibility of acquiring small new territories, should be explored. This would make it possible for Atoll Island States in the future to keep some sort of international sovereign personality, which could benefit the descendents of its present day inhabitants.

Disappearing Island States in International Law

Author: Jenny Grote Stoutenburg
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004303014
Format: PDF, ePub
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Several low-lying atoll island states are at risk of losing their entire territory due to climate change-induced sea level rise. In Disappearing Island States in International Law, Jenny Grote Stoutenburg analyzes the international legal implications of this unprecedented situation.

The Concept of Climate Migration

Author: Benoît Mayer
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1786431734
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This timely book offers a unique interdisciplinary inquiry into the prospects of different political narratives on climate migration. It identifies the essential angles on climate migration – the humanitarian narrative, the migration narrative and the climate change narrative – and assesses their prospects. The author contends that although such arguments will influence global governance, they will not necessarily achieve what advocates hope for. He discusses how the weaknesses of the concept of “climate migration” are likely to be utilized in favour of repressive policies against migration or for the defence of industrial nations against perceived threats from the Third World.

Statehood under Water

Author: Alejandra Torres Camprubí
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004321616
Format: PDF
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In Statehood under Water, Alejandra Torres Camprubí closely examines how sea-level rise and the Anthropocene challenge the different dimensions of statehood, and engages with the conceptual and policy innovations necessary to address the fight for continuity of low-lying Pacific Island States.

Small States in a Legal World

Author: Petra Butler
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319393669
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book is a unique collection of high quality articles analysing legal issues with particular regard to small states. The small states of the world differ considerably in their geography, history, political structures, legal systems and wealth. Nevertheless, because of their size, small states face a set of common challenges including vulnerability to external economic impacts such as changing trade regimes and limited ability to diversify economic activity; limited public and private sector capacity, including the legal and judicial infrastructure; a need for regional co-operation; a vulnerability to environmental changes as well as a limited ability to engage with supranational bodies and the forces of globalisation. This is the first volume of an exciting and unique new series, The World of Small States. In this work, legal experts from small jurisdictions and those with a particular interest in legal issues facing small states explore inter alia ethics in small jurisdictions, legal education and the profession in small states, the challenges facing small states with mixed legal systems, the constitutional arrangements in small states, small states as tax havens, and intellectual property and competition law issues.

Adaptation to Climate Change

Author: Kheng-Lian Koh
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814689750
Format: PDF, ePub
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Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN and Comparative Experiences presents a dynamic and comprehensive collection of works from legal scholars around the world that delves into a relatively new frontier on legal aspects of climate change adaptation with focus on the ASEAN region, both at the regional level as well as at the national level in some ASEAN countries — such as Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. Other countries not within ASEAN are also represented, such as Bangladesh, People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka, and the Republic of Taiwan. In doing so, it surveys one of the most important issues confronting developing countries today, and the challenges to building resilient societies. It is an essential source of reference for policy-makers, administrators, the private sector officials, scientists, academic scholars, climatologists, NGOs, and CSOs in ASEAN and the world. Contents:Foreword by Tommy Koh, Ambassado-at-LargePreface and AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsKeynote Address by Raman Letchumanan, formerly Head of the Environment Division, ASEAN SecretariatTheme I: Coastal Warming and Sea Level Rise:Asia-Pacific Islander Responses to Climate Change (Ilan Kelman)Managing Southeast Asian Ecosystems to Reduce Coastal Population Vulnerability Under Sea Level Rise (Daniel A Friess)Theme II: Legal Frameworks/Policies/Governance for Climate Change:Adaptive Water Governance: Lessons Learned from Implementing an Ecosystem-Approach in Mesoamerica (Alejandro Iza, Alexandra Müller, and Valentina Nozza)Legal and Policy Framework for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Malaysia: A Reform Oriented Study (Abdul Haseeb Ansari)Policy and Legal Responses to Climate Change Adaptation in China: New Developments, New Challenges (Wang Xi and Gao Qi)Theme III: Key Future Impacts and Vulnerabilities:The Laws, Policies, and Institutions Relating to Climate Change in Thailand: Balancing between "Mitigation" and "Adaptation" (Kanongnij Sribuaiam)The Warsaw International Mechanism: Exploring the Structures and Functions to Address Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts (M Hafijul Islam Khan) Geoengineering: An ASEAN Position (Jolene Lin)Theme IV: Economic Interconnections:Assessing Green Jobs in Taiwan: A Tri-Pillar Approach (Fan Chien-Te and Hsu Yun-Hsiang)Sustaining Growth, Climate Change, and Meeting Environmental Obligations: What can ASEAN Governments Do? (Euston Quah and Tan Tsiat Siong)Theme V: Some Case Studies:Options for Adaption to Climate Change (Richard L Ottinger, Wang Pianpian, and Kristen M Motel)Dealing with Climate Migrants: A New Challenge for Developing Nations (Asanga Gunawansa)Climate Change, Migration, and International Law in Southeast Asia (Benoît Mayer)Achieving Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption: The Philippines (Amado S Tolentino, Jr.)Theme VI: Adaptation — Disaster Management, Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Assistance:The Legal Regime of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Management in Taiwan: Focus on the Major Amendment Following the Devastating Typhoon Morakot of 2009 (Gao Ming-Zhi Anton)Legal Options for Mainstreaming Climate Change Disaster Risk Reduction in Governance for Kenya (Robert Kibugi)Land Tenure Systems as a Challenge for Disaster Recovery: Adapting to Extreme Weather Events after Typhoon Haiyan (Daniel Fitzpatrick and Caroline Compton)The Role of ASEAN in Disaster Management: Legal Frameworks and Case Study of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (Koh Kheng-Lian and Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio) Readership: Policy-makers, administrators, scientists, academic scholars, climatologists, NGOs and CSOs, and students in the fields of law and environmental science. Key Features:A dynamic collection of works from legal scholars around the world building knowledge in climate change adaptation, one of the important issues confronting people of todayPromotes a "whole of the world" approach to finding solutions to climate change and the challenges to building resilient societiesThis publication is focused on taking stock of legal and policy frameworks on climate change adaptation in ASEAN and other countriesKeywords:Climate Change Adaptation;Legal Frameworks;ASEAN;Nature-based Solutions;Warsaw International Loss and Damage;Mitigation

Threatened Island Nations

Author: Michael B. Gerrard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107025761
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Addresses legal issues of rising seas endangering the habitability and existence of island nations in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam

Author: Nguyen Danh Thao
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0128004797
Format: PDF, Docs
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Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam is the first book to focus specifically on natural hazards and climate change in Vietnam. The book examines threats such as tropical cyclones, sea-level rise, flooding, erosion, and salinity intrusion, and their respective effects on coastal structures and environments. It also looks at crucial management and mitigation efforts, including breakwater design, irrigation systems, coastal dunes and dikes, and more. The challenges faced by this country in the future will have important regional and global repercussions; areas such as the Mekong Delta produce a significant proportion of the world’s rice, and coastal impacts on this region will have far-reaching economic and public health effects. This book is an important source of information for government and local policy makers, environmental and climate scientists, and engineers. Broad coverage of climate challenges specific to the region, including sea-level rise, storms, erosion, and more Assessments of impact on, and effects of, economic development and port construction Examination of public policy responses to climate change

Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction Migration Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Author: Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319338803
Format: PDF, ePub
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The goal of this book is to explore disaster risk reduction (DRR), migration, climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable development linkages from a number of different geographical, social and natural science angles. Well-known scientists and practitioners present different perspectives regarding these inter-linkages from around the world, with theoretical discussions as well as field observations. This publication contributes in particular to the discussion on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 and the debate about how to improve DRR, including CCA, policies and practices, taking into account migration processes from a large perspective where both natural and social factors are crucial and mutually “alloyed”. Some authors see the SFDRR as a positive step forward in terms of embracing a multitude of issues, others doubting that the agreement will lead to much concrete action toward real action on the ground. This book is a timely contribution for researchers, students and policy makers in the fields of environment, human geography, migration, disaster and climate change studies who seek a more comprehensive grasp of contemporary development issues.

Climate Change Forced Migration and International Law

Author: Jane McAdam
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199587087
Format: PDF, Docs
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This is a key study into whether 'climate change refugees' are protected by international law. It examines the reasons why people do or do not move; how far climate change is a trigger for movement; and whether traditional international responses, such as creating new treaties and new institutions, are appropriate solutions in this context.