Key Facts

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  • External factors such as geopolitical tensions and climate change beyond the direct control of an island or small community are now having to be taken into account in both public and private sector strategic planning.

  • Unfortunately, due primarily to the need to finance essential services and provide support for businesses and residents alike during the COVID Pandemic, there is now a lack of funding for both key infrastructure investment and the provision of ‘locally based’ services.  This is increasingly of concern to islands and small communities with limited resources upon which to draw in the first place.

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

  • Evidence shows that islands and communities over a certain critical size in terms of population, external transport links, and sustainable land mass 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 significant economic and social support to dependent communities nearby, are now also facing or could well experience their own financial stress and hardship.

  • There are now many islands and small communities globally which are experiencing depopulation primarily because of a lack of local job prospects and a contraction of public and private sector services.  Island communities are having to 'reinvent' themselves in order to survive and prosper once again.