| || || Environmental policy -- Oceania|
| || || The need for effective environmental governance in the Pacific region on climate change|
Author: Sofara, Aleni.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Environmental policy -- Oceania , Environmental law -- Oceania , Climatic changes -- Government policy -- Pacific Area , Environmental policy -- Oceania -- Citizen participation
Call No.: Pac GE 190 .O3 S65 2011
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: There is a pressing need for more effective environmental governance in the Pacific Island countries to address the issue of climate change because it not only raises risks but also increases uncertainties within societies. This research paper aims to identify the major legal and policy challenges posed for Pacific Island countries by the phenomena of climate change. As the world is aware, climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is a global environmental problem. Hence, climate change is already happening and it is here to stay. Climate variability and change affects individuals and societies. In particular, this paper will identify the role that law and environmental governance can play in facing these challenges and in responding positively to any potential opportunities as well. Furthermore it will also identify the risks, and the areas that must be considered priority within the region and areas that require strengthening in order to provide sufficient and appropriate awareness and preparedness to the expected consequences as a result of climate change. Strengthened environmental governance by way of preparedness should be in place at all levels to enable it to respond immediately and effectively to emerging environmental challenges as a consequence of climate change.