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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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vision statement
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
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
first discussion theme
First discussion theme

Discussion started with road development in Palau

responses came from all walks of life
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
newspaper editors wrote in
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’.
how siv global works 1
How SIV Global works (1)
  • A theme article is prepared
  • This is placed on through Scotland on Line, and
  • Sent out by email to an ever-increasing list of addresses (now 20,000+)
  • Responses are received in Paris
how siv global works 2
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
how siv global works 3
How SIV Global works (3)
  • Once a theme is finished, ALL the responses are compiled and placed on the SIV website at
selecting discussion themes
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
newspapers provide themes
Newspapers provide themes

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

themes discussed so far 1
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
themes discussed so far 2
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
themes discussed so far 3
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
learning as we go
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

attention grabbing opening lines
Attention-grabbing opening lines


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………….

siv global and the future
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