Coastal proximity of Pacific populations


Understanding population distribution along coastal areas in the Pacific is crucial for a range of applications including food security and disaster management. A collaborative project between SPC, WorldFish and the University of Wollongong produced the first detailed population estimates of people living close to the coast in the 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). These estimates were stratified into 1, 5, and 10km zones and revealed that half of the pacific population resides within the 10km coastal strip, but jumps to 97% when Papua New Guinea (PNG) is excluded. 26% of the population lives less than 1km from the coast, and without PNG this increases to 57%.

Note: See "Coastal proximity of populations in 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories" for a detailed explanation of the methodology used.

The Pacific Data Hub provides easy access to these datasets, and a series of tools which can assist in visualising the data. 

  • The dataset is accessible through PDH.stat, the Pacific Data Hub indicator explorer:

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Coastal Population - PDH main catalogue

  • Through Pacific Map the Pacific Data Hub spatial visualisater, these datasets can be viewed and manipulated spatially:

Pacific Map