How does the history of the region affect the vulnerability
There are two parts to this discussion forum prompt, though the first two are a very simple exercise that should only take you a few minutes
minute to complete. Please engage in this thought exercise and then be prepared to type up your response in the discussion forum space: From the Maori haka dance that the New Zealand national rugby team – the All Blacks – perform before international matches (see below), through to the cultivation and promotion of terroir (Links to an external site.) with respect to the increasingly global New Zealand wine industry (which Nick
Lewis speaks about in this week’s case study), to the linkage of Kiwi Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy with the promotion of the New Zealand tourism industry, this small country in Oceania has made a big splash in peoples’ imaginaries around the world. You might be interested to know that Wisconsin has a larger population than the entire country of New Zealand! Consider Nick Lewis’ case study discussion of the
human-land interaction in wine production and the economics of New Zealand wine. What is terroir? How is landscape often an important part of Kiwi identity and of the global marketing of Kiwi wines? Can you identify ONE North American OR European agricultural product – a beverage, food item, etc. – that is strongly shaped by local/regional physical & environmental conditions, and where this relationship between the product and the place is also an increasingly positive, valuable and recognized/visible one? Discuss in sufficient detail so we know why you identified this particular agricultural product. 2. Please consider the vulnerability of the Oceania region to climate change. How does the history of the
region affect the vulnerability (positively or negatively) of its people to the biophysical changes brought on by climate change? What do you see as possible initiatives that could address the vulnerability of the Oceania citizens to sea level rise? Be careful to consider the relative roles
played by Oceania communities and the international community. (Please note that we are looking for responses that go beyond simply building higher sea walls!).