Learning from Chagos, Lessons for Pitcairn

Farran, Sue (2018) Learning from Chagos, Lessons for Pitcairn. In: Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The World of Small States . Springer, pp. 293-317. ISBN 978-3-319-78540-0

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While not an exact 'mirror reflection' Chagos and Pitcairn share a number of similarities. Both are small isolated collections of islands over which UK exercises sovereignty; they are prime areas for marine protection areas, in the case of BIOT this was established some time ago, in the case of Pitcairn has only recently been declared; the motivations behind these MPAs are not those of the islanders, who, in the case of Chagossians have been removed, and now, it seems, are unlikely to be permitted to return, while in the case of Pitcairn the islanders remain but in reducing and ageing numbers, but reflect wider agendas informed by international and bi-lateral treaties, the lobbying of influential public charities and NGOs, and appeals to 'world habitat', the 'global commons' and the 'responsibilities of mankind'. The legal governance of Pitcairn was considered as a possible model for a re-inhabited Chagos, while the implementation and regulation of the BIOT MPA provides a model for that proposed for Pitcairn. At the same time the issues of cost and viability which have been raised against resettlement of BIOT raises questions about the sustainable future of Pitcairn.
Drawing on the experience of BIOT this paper considers the legal similarities and differences between these two island groups and interrogates the processes and consequences of establishing Marine Protected Areas around remote British Overseas Territories.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 10:39
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33881

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