Small-island developing states are inherently vulnerable to climate impacts. They tend to be low lying with high population densities, have economies concentrated on the coast, produce weather-dependent exports, and rely on fuel imports. But they are more than just the frontlines of climate change – they are hubs for adaptation, their isolation encouraging innovation.
One week after Typhoon Haima left a trail of destruction in Northern Philippines, details of the extensive damage to homes and livelihoods are starting to emerge from provinces that were previously inaccessible due to obstructed roads and flooding. The government pre-emptively evacuated more than 158,000 people before Haima struck the province, saving many lives.
Hundreds of people, including many survivors of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, participated in Indonesia’s first disaster risk reduction (DRR) simulation for people with disabilities in Aceh province with the support of IOM. Participants helped injured “victims”, including roughly 150 people with disabilities, reach safety in a wheelchair accessible, three-storey safe house.