Climate Change, Oceanic Sovereignties and Maritime Economies in the Pacific




By Edvard Hviding

Monday, February 13th

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In the 21st century, Pacific views of the great ocean as generative and supportive of regionally specific ways of human existence are challenged as the tables are turned: for the islanders of Oceania at large, oncoming effects of global climate change are transforming the life-giving ocean into a threat. As the warming, acidification and rising of the sea erode coral reefs and coastal zones throughout Oceania, and as new patterns of extreme weather become regular, low-lying atoll nations of the central Pacific may be destined for an unprecedented political situation with the permanent, part or total flooding of the atolls. New initiatives in the law of sovereignty and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea may be expected, along with appeals to climate change justice from the Pacific Islands.ʻ

Edvard Hviding is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, and the founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. During 2012-15 Hviding was the scientific coordinator of the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and 6 participating institutions).

The Oceanic Anthropologies speaker series is focused on increasing awareness and visibility of
contemporary anthropological research in the Pacific Islands and is co-sponsored by the Pacific
Islands Development Program, and the Department of Anthropology and Center for Pacific
Islands Studies.

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