Sidelining God: why secular climate projects in the Pacific Islands are failing

Events linked to Climate Change (such as cyclone Winston in 2016) are preached to be Acts of God. In an interesting article by Patrick Nunn he argues why (usually Western) conservation and climate change initiatives in the Pacific are bound to fail if they don’t account for the strong role …

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Small Marine Protected Areas in Fiji Provide Refuge for Reef Fish Assemblages, Feeding Groups, and Corals

Establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is a common strategy to conserve marine ecosystem and to enhance the recovery of degraded systems. Large MPAs have been shown to be very effective, while the effectiveness of small MPAs (here <1km²)  is still discussed. Small MPAs might not be sufficient in size to …

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Multiple Drivers of Local (Non-) Compliance in Community-Based Marine Resource Management: Case Studies from the South Pacific

  Compliance is key to successful resource management. But what influences compliance behavior with marine resource management in fishing communities in the South Pacific? The social, political and economic contexts are decisive. Our study reveals multiple drivers for non-compliance related to perceptions of limited legitimacy of rules and rule-makers, market …

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Let’s talk about food! Master Project on supplementary feeding of reef fish by tourism in the lagoon of Aitutaki, Cook Islands

By Natalie Prinz, ISATEC student at the University of Bremen and the ZMT. A 18km2 small near-atoll named Aitutaki was “home” from October 2016 till March 2017, one of 15 islands of the self-governing island country, the Cook Islands. The island is known for its 50km2 large, very shallow (deepest …

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38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island

Beach with plastic waste

More than 5000 km away from major population and listed as Unesco World Heritage – yet severely polluted: Henderson Island in the Eastern South Pacific. Researchers found nearly 38 millioin pieces of plastic weighing almost 18 tonnes. The article points out how anthropogenic activities from all over the world impact …

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