Fiji’s slums: Environmental risk and opportunities for resilience

Over MIT’s extended winter break, I received a grant to travel to Fiji to research the informal sector, or slums, in and around Suva.  The United Nations Estimates that by 2030, 69% of Fiji’s population will live in the informal/slum housing, compared to 35% in 1970 (UN 2004).   Senior officials that I interviewed in the MinistryContinue reading “Fiji’s slums: Environmental risk and opportunities for resilience”

Destroying mangroves to create livelihoods: policy narratives versus reality

It’s no secret at this point that fish stocks are declining thanks to massive ground trawlers and other impossible technologies that strip the seas bare, coupled with toothless fisheries management regimes that set allowable catch at quantities far too high.  To make up for dwindling fisheries, aquaculture is now the new darling of multilateral donors.Continue reading “Destroying mangroves to create livelihoods: policy narratives versus reality”