Small Island Developing States

Disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and long-term recovery in the context of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Τhis theme covers the unique and particular vulnerabilities of SIDS as well as SIDS’ exposure to climate hazards and sea-level rise.

Latest Small Island Developing States additions in the Knowledge Base

New Monash research has untangled the influence of regional climate drivers, on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Snow accumulation and surface melting are two important processes that are key to predicting how Antarctica will contribute to future sea level rise.
Monash University
Areal view of some islands in the Pacific
Only one-third of Small island developing states have multi-hazard early warning systems, which can detect a range of potential disasters. As a result, people in small island developing states are 15 times more likely to die from climate disasters.
United Nations Environment Programme
Weather monitoring station in tree-covered hilly surroundings
A decline in disaster-related mortality alongside an increase in the disaster-affected population highlights improved preparedness capabilities. However, it underscores the urgent need to enhance resilience-building and address underlying risks.
UNDRR Bonn Office
Promoting South-South Cooperation: Building Bridges between the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean
The Caribbean and the Indian Ocean Island States are among the most disaster-prone regions globally, facing hurricanes, cyclones, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Their size, limited resources, and geographical isolation amplify these challenges.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
Barbados - government
University of the West Indies - St. Augustine, the
SIDS4: Ensuring a Multi-hazard approach in the implementation of the Early Warning for All Initiative (EW4ALL)
SIDS rank amongst some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, highly exposed to external shocks, global warming-induced rising sea levels and other risks due to climate change.
World Bank, the
Policies and plans
The Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Antigua and Barbuda addressed the ongoing challenges and achievements of SIDS.
Documents and publications
This paper evaluates the climate change-related vulnerabilities of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper reviews the limited studies conducted so far, on the potential long-term costs of effective adaptation investment programs.
Indigenous Fijian girl walking on flooded land in Fiji
Each and every climate-related disaster poses a risk to people's lives, livelihoods, homes, safety and access to services. This risk is not gender-neutral.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
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