Sunday, August 1, 2021

Island Issues

Africa: Ownership of Luxury Lupita Island Resort Stirs Controversy

Decades after the development of a luxurious lodge on one of Tanzania’s Lupita Islands, the country’s government is claiming that the islands were not legally sold.

(Lupita Island, Tanzania)

It’s every private island owner’s nightmare: discovering that their paradise …Read More: Africa: Ownership of Luxury Lupita Island Resort Stirs Controversy

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South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

The government of the tiny Cook Islands is busy preparing for an unusually high-ranking guest at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum – including having to borrow SUVs from residents.

(Rarotonga image from cookislands.org.uk)

With 15 diverse member states scattered over the vast South Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) …Read More: South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

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Indian Ocean: Mauritius Sweetens India Trade Deal with Two Islands

The tiny nation of Mauritius has taken drastic measures to preserve an advantageous relationship with India – the government has offered up two gorgeous tropical isles as a bargaining chip.

(South Agalega Island, Mauritius)

One of the gems of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is found just to the south …Read More: Indian Ocean: Mauritius Sweetens India Trade Deal with Two Islands

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Europe: Greek Islanders Want to Secede, Join Austria

If you don’t like your neighbourhood, you can just pick up and move – it’s rather more complicated, however, for entire islands to unilaterally switch countries.

(One of Ikaria's beautiful beaches)

The Aegean island of Ikaria is a picturesque slice of rustic Greek life, with plentiful olive groves and …Read More: Europe: Greek Islanders Want to Secede, Join Austria

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Indian Ocean: Maldives Fights Rising Seas with Floating Islands

Maldives turn to floating islands to counterbalance rising tides

Lying perilously close to sea level, the small island nation of the Maldives has to come up with creative solutions to combat the effects of climate change.

(Image Courtesy of Waterstudio.NL)

It’s a terrifying spectre; an entire island chain being submerged beneath rising seas like a modern-day Atlantis, leaving …Read More: Indian Ocean: Maldives Fights Rising Seas with Floating Islands

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Asia: Critics Oppose Hong Kong Plans to Build 25 Islands

An ambitious plan to build 25 new islands and use landfills to add 1,500 hectares of land to the city of Hong Kong has some fearing a devastating impact on the local ecology, not to mention economy.

(Image of Hong Kong islands via Wikipedia)

When creating new islands through …Read More: Asia: Critics Oppose Hong Kong Plans to Build 25 Islands

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UK: Are You Tough Enough for Island Living?

A resettlement program aimed at helping adventurous types live on some of the United Kingdom’s most isolated islands is proposing a character test for applicants. 

(Islands in The Outer Hebrides)

The idea of living on a remote island may conjure up images of a relaxing, peaceful seaside paradise, but …Read More: UK: Are You Tough Enough for Island Living?

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South America: Illegal Mansions Sprout on Public Islands in Brazil

Brazil’s coastline is renowned for its gorgeous tropical islands, most of which are part of national parks. This has not stopped some wealthy elites from taking them over and building luxurious holiday homes, however.

(Illegal mansion on Cavala Island)

A controversy is brewing in Brazil over the revelation that …Read More: South America: Illegal Mansions Sprout on Public Islands in Brazil