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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a heterogeneous group of islands that share some common features that make them economically, socially and environmentally vulnerable. Spread over four regions, namely the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, West Africa and the Pacific, SIDS are particularly small, remote, insular and highly exposed to natural disasters and climate change risks. “Smallness” in terms of area, population and economies constitutes a key driver of vulnerability as it also implies small domestic markets with limited scope for exploitation of economies of scale; a narrow resource base leading to limited export opportunities; and the production of a narrow range of crops, minerals and manufactures which in turn leads to high dependence on imports (including food, fuel and manufactures). A high level of specialization in exports and dependence on imports increases exposure to global economic and financial shocks, including price volatility. Small economies and populations limit employment opportunities and can lead to high migration rates especially of skilled human resources and to a narrowing of the skill base. High migration rates can also generate a positive feedback through the remittances sent back by migrants. Meanwhile, insularity and remoteness are inherent to SIDS and contribute to heightening their vulnerability as remoteness, distance and isolation drive transport costs (UNCTAD, 2014, p.13).

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24 April 2018 - 541 individual commitments include the provision of financial resources, with total financing amounting to approximately US$25.5 billion.

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16 Apr 2018 - Two billion people around the world lack access to effective waste collection so much of the plastic they use ends up in our oceans.

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11 Apr 2018 - Belize was criticized for putting its stunning coral reefs and other marine resources at risk. The country responded with innovative solutions.

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19 Mar 2018 - Investing time and effort in protecting the world’s oceans is key to shoring up the resilience of the global economy.

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The upcoming East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress celebrates 25 years of partnerships for healthy oceans, people and economies. 

Event Date:
27/11/2018 - 09:00 to 30/11/2018 - 18:00
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9 Mar 2018 - New commitment builds on Belize’s sustainable fishing and blue economy program.

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In order to avoid disaster–and to ensure a sustainable supply of fish for the future–far more of our ocean needs urgent protection.

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6 Mar 2018 - Rising sea levels are threatening to put the Pacific island nation of Kiribati underwater, potentially turning its citizens into "climate refugees."

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5 Mar 2018 - Key areas of Tonga’s seabed approaching the harbor in Nuku’alofa, are currently being mapped by state-of-the-art multibeam sonar equipment chartered by the UK Hydrographic Off

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23 Feb 2018 - The Seychelles has created protected areas "the size of Great Britain" in the Indian Ocean.

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Leaders from across the political, economic, environmental and risk sectors will gather in Bermuda (8-10 May 2018) for the first Ocean Risk Summit.

Event Date:
08/05/2018 - 14:30 to 10/05/2018 - 19:00
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13 Nov 2017 - Action on plastic bag use has been taken across the UK, for instance, the 5p plastic bag charge in England has cut the use of plastic bags by over 80 per cent, or over nine billion in just one year, and our microbead ban will be one of the toughest in the world.

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