Key Facts

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  • External threats (such as COVID-19 Pandemic, geopolitical tensions, climate change) beyond an island’s or small community’s control are now having to be taken into account in both public and private sector strategic planning.

  • Lack of funding for both infrastructure investment and the provision of ‘locally based’ services is increasingly of concern to islands and small communities with limited resources.

  • Public/private partnerships are therefore becoming an important element in the funding of both island and small community infrastructure projects and the supply of essential services.

  • Evidence shows that islands and communities over a certain critical size will tend to prosper due to economies of scale and their ability to act as a ‘hub’ for smaller communities nearby.

  • A number of ‘mother’ jurisdictions, previously delivering economic and social support to dependent communities, are now also facing or could well experience their own financial stress and hardship.

  • Many islands and small communities globally are experiencing depopulation primarily because of a lack of local job prospects and a contraction of public and private sector services.