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Pacific island cities call for a rethink of climate resilience for the most vulnerable

Vanuatu is the world's most 'at risk' country for natural disasters. Image: REUTERS/Kris Paras

Alexei Trundle

Assistant Director (International), Melbourne Centre for Cities, University of Melbourne

Darryn McEvoy

Research professor, RMIT University


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Koa Hill informal settlement in central Honiara is prone to landslips and flash flooding. Image: Alexei Trundle (2017)
Graffiti on the fence of a damaged house in Blacksands, Port Vila, two years after Tropical Cyclone Pam. Image: Alexei Trundle (2017)
UN-Habitat adaptation planning workshops in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Image: Alexei Trundle (2016)

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A spatial assessment of Honiara’s climate vulnerability shows the overlap between ‘hotspots’ and informal settlements. Image: Honiara Urban Resilience & Climate Action Plan (UN-Habitat 2016)
Informal settlement areas in Blacksands, a large peri-urban community on customary land in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Image: Alexei Trundle (2017)
An informal water supply in Koa Hill, Honiara. Church-based community structures manage the pipes that distribute drinking water to subgroups of households. Image: Alexei Trundle (2017)
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