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COVID-19 made deep-sea mining more tempting for some Pacific islands – this could be a problem

By Sue Farran, Reader of Law, Newcastle University
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While most Pacific islands have escaped the worst of COVID-19, a cornerstone of their economies, tourism, has taken a big hit. By June 2020, visitor arrivals in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu had completely ceased, as borders were closed and even internal travel restricted. In Fiji, where tourism generated about 40% of GDP before the pandemic, the economy…


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