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Relocating populations away from at-risk areas is a challenging process, but increasingly necessary in Small Island States where communities face imminent hazards to life and property due to factors such as sea-level rise, coastal erosion and flood risks. A participatory process of population retreat can save lives and enhance the livelihoods of community members. It has to be recognized though, that best practices are still emerging and will need to be adjusted for cases of long-distance population relocation resulting from sea level rise.
São Tomé and Príncipe and Samoa offer valuable lessons on how to manage such a process: