What we did

One of 15 inhabited Torres Strait Islands, Masig is a microcosm of the long-term but growing challenges confronting many Pacific Island nations:

  • sea level rise
  • busier shipping lanes and potential accidents
  • the rising cost of living
  • increasing numbers of people from other countries putting pressure on marine food stocks
  • risk of pollution from mining and development
  • biosecurity risks from pests and diseases
  • a gradual loss of their traditional culture and languages.

Our story, entitled Drawing the future of the Torres Strait Islands, describes how the Torres Strait Regional Authority introduced a new approach with their climate change adaptation and resilience planning, engaging a much broader set of people in future planning processes.

We read the journal article, interviewed the researcher and regional councillor, wrote the story, sourced images and sought approvals.

The story was published in CSIRO’s ECOS blog in July 2015.