The Challenges of Small Island Developing States
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are low-lying coastal countries that tend to share similar sustainable development challenges, including small but growing populations, limited resources, remoteness, susceptibility to natural disasters, vulnerability to external shocks, excessive dependence on international trade, and fragile environments.


November 22-24 Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Seychelles

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2014 - The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

September 1-4 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference in late August. The event will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

WED 2014: Dotted all over the planet from the Caribbean to the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, these islands are a diverse group of small coastal countries or territories. Due to their small size and isolation, these small states are more vulnerable to natural and environmental disasters, climate change and sea-level rise. However, these islands have also been successful in overcoming their environmental problems.

From Palau to Puerto Rico, the stories of resiliency and innovation abound. For instance, Tokelau recently began producing 100% of its energy from solar sources. In Fiji, lacking the resources to make new drainage systems and seawalls, local residents are restoring mangroves and coral reefs to help prevent flooding and erosion. These stories and solutions can be applied to environmental concerns all over the world.

Currently, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs lists 52 small island developing states. These are broken down into three geographic regions: the Caribbean; the Pacific; and Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS).



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