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Introduction: geographical understanding and ‘listening’ in New Caledonia-Kanaky

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Publication date13/04/2024
Host publicationGeographies of New Caledonia-Kanaky: Environments, politics and cultures
EditorsMatthias Kowasch, Simon Batterbury
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages9
ISBN (electronic)9783031491405
ISBN (print)9783031491399, 9783031491429
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This chapter is an introduction to “Geographies of New Caledonia-Kanaky”, edited by Matthias Kowasch and Simon Batterbury. The archipelago is a “biodiversity hotspot” with high species endemism, ultramafic soils and nickel resources that have been mined extensively for nearly 150 years. It remains a territory of France, and after three referendums on independence, decolonisation is an unfinished and ongoing process that still divides communities in their interpretation of history and their aspirations for the future. The 21 chapters of the book, including this introduction and the conclusion, reflect different themes and offer cultural, political, social and ecological perspectives. New Caledonia-Kanaky (NC-K) is a “window on the world” in terms of decolonisation paths, environmental and social justice, racial inequality, biodiversity and the impacts of mining. The book has seven parts: (1) biodiversity, environmental protection and policies; (2) fisheries and agriculture; (3) extractive industries, mining development and waste management; (4) land reform and urban development; (5) cultural heritage, languages and education; (6) small-scale politics and gender questions; and lastly (7) decolonisation and political independence.