Islands and Covid-19: Important questionnaire

The following is from Dr Francesco Sindico, Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance in Glasgow, Scotland. He and his colleagues in addition to the group Island Innovation devised and distributed the questions below widely through the world’s Islands. It is a work in progress and they would very much appreciate any replies to their survey (see below). There is also a link to collated results received so far. Please visit their website:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/ourwork/research/labsincubators/eilean/islandsandcovid-19/

Island communities and remote rural mainland communities will suffer the most if Covid19 reaches them. We all know why… large part of elder population (at least in Scotland) and, in most cases, the lack of the specialised health services needed to tackle the pandemic. With this in mind, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) sent out the following questions to its own island related network:

  • What actions are being taken to protect the island community from COVID-19? In particular, how are travel restrictions being put in place and enforced?
  • What actions will be taken should people on the island have COVID-19?
  • What actions are being taken to ensure that essential goods and services are provided to the island community?
  • What actions are being taken to ensure that people working on the islands, not only in the tourism sector, are sustained financially in the short term and in the long term?
  • What actions are being taken to ensure the mental well-being of people on the islands?
  • If you consider it appropriate, feel free to share any data about people who have COVID-19 on your island and of people who, sadly, have passed away because of COVID-19.
  • Is there anything else you would like to share?

Island Innovation shared similar questions to its wide island network. The goal of this page is to collate the responses we have received in order to share information of island responses to Covid 19. The final objective is to better equip those islands who are in the midst of the crisis now and plan better for islands who may suffer the consequences of Covid 19 in the future. Importantly, planning is not just about the immediate action, but also about the long-term recovery. Please click here for a document that summarises all the data collated or check the information below browsing by islands or by the survey questions. The page is based on a living document that is changing on daily basis. If you have answers to the questions (or updates) above please send your responses to Francesco.sindico@strath.ac.uk. If you know people who may have answers we would be very grateful if you could share this page to them.IslandsSurvey questionsPeople

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