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SMALL ISLANDS VOICE GLOBAL INTERNET FORUM. Vision Statement. The Small Islands Voice Global Forum (SIV Global) is a mechanism for the general public in small islands to discuss sustainable development issues and to share experiences and solutions. Starting in September 2002.

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SMALL ISLANDS VOICE

GLOBAL INTERNET FORUM


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Vision Statement

The Small Islands Voice Global Forum (SIV Global) is a mechanism for the general public in small islands to discuss sustainable development issues and to share experiences and solutions


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Starting in September 2002

  • SIV Global began as a 3-month experiment

  • Response to the first message on the construction of a major road in Palau was overwhelming

  • SIV Global quickly became a fixture of Small Islands Voice


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First discussion theme

Discussion started with road development in Palau


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Responses came from all walks of life

  • ‘Thanks for sending me this article, I am a mackerel salesman and I can tell you by just looking at the ocean that the road is a major contributor to the pollution of our marine environment’.

  • ‘I am very interested in the comments outlined in this article’. Minister of Tourism, Nevis


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Newspaper editors wrote in

  • ‘Thanks so much for sending us this article and feel free to send more....we'll publish it in our paper’. Diario Belau, Palau

  • ‘I write from the StandPoint newspaper in the British Virgin Islands. I was impressed with the discussion, since we on small islands often feel like no one understands our problems’.


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How SIV Global works (1)

  • A theme article is prepared

  • This is placed on www.sivglobal.org through Scotland on Line, and

  • Sent out by email to an ever-increasing list of addresses (now 20,000+)

  • Responses are received in Paris


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How SIV Global works (2)

  • Key responses are compiled into a one-page article which is posted on the forum and sent out by email 2 weeks later

  • Process continues until discussion decreases – usually about 2-months – and then a new theme article is posted


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How SIV Global works (3)

  • Once a theme is finished, ALL the responses are compiled and placed on the SIV website at www.smallislandsvoice.org


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Selecting discussion themes

  • Newspaper articles are a good source

  • Through collaboration with island partners

  • Sometimes a contributor to the forum sends in a theme article

  • Other organizations


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Newspapers provide themes

Local island newspapers are a good source of theme articles for SIV Global


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Themes discussed so far (1):

  • Road construction in Palau, Pacific, Oct-Nov '02

  • Beach access in Tobago, Caribbean, Nov '02 - Feb '03

  • Tourism policy in Seychelles, Indian Ocean, Feb-May '03

  • Foreign investment in Cook Islands, Pacific, May-Jul '03

  • Increased youth crime and violence, Caribbean, Jul-Sep '03


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Themes discussed so far (2):

  • Export of spring water from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean, Sep-Dec '03

  • The 'right' type of tourism development for Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Pacific, Jan-Mar '04

  • Preventing illegal deep sea fishing around small islands, Mar-May '04

  • Solving island garbage problems, Jun-Aug '04

  • Climate change: is it an urgent issue in small islands? Aug-Nov '04


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Themes discussed so far (3):

  • Are we becoming dependent on disaster relief? Nov-Dec '04

  • Communities planning their future, Feb-Mar '05

  • Freshwater supplies in small islands, Fiji, Apr-Jun '05

  • Sustainable development, Anguilla, Jun ’05 ongoing


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Learning as we go:

‘An emailed response to my column posed the question: Do you live in a small island? If I did, I was urged to "tell us what you think". I thought: "spam". But something stayed my hand as it moved quickly to the delete key and I read the message through to the end. It was, in fact, an interesting discussion on a problem peculiar to the people of some island states scattered around the planet.

New Zealand Herald, July 2004


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Attention-grabbing opening lines

SMALL ISLANDS VOICE

Do you live in a small island? Tell us what you think. ********************************‘Climate change is not like terrorism, it is terrorism’ was one response to………….


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SIV Global and the future

  • New themes to be covered

  • Testing an approach to discuss solutions, not only issues

  • Expanding the list of email addresses


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