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People living on South Pacific Islands have been relocating due to coastal changes for hundreds of years but the rising sea levels caused by climate change have shifted their migratory patterns to mass relocation plans in the Solomon Islands (Preventionweb, 2008).
The nation of Solomon Islands consists of close to 1000 islands and atolls and is located southeast of Papua New Guinea and northeast of Australia (CIA, 2011). It has been designated as a Small island Developing State (SIDS) and a Least Developing Country (LDC) (Preventionweb, 2008). The island nation has been recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate changes such as monsoons, tropical cyclones and sea-level rise (UNFCCC, 2007).
Populations have voluntarily migrated from some of the smaller atolls to higher ground on other, larger islands already and more will face possible relocation as sea-levels continue to rise (Brooks, 2011).
A Relocation Action Plan (RAP) consists of 6 planning principles according to Oliver-Stone …
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