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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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It’s not a fiction, it’s a fact: Tuvalu is sinking. The impacts of climate change (extreme weather, sea level rise) are challenging Tuvaluan security and survival.

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18 May 2017 - Presented at a two-day preparatory workshop ahead of The Ocean...
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18 May 2017 - Presented at a two-day preparatory workshop ahead of The Ocean...
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Mauritius

COUNTRY BRIEF

NATIONAL CONSULTATIONS FOR THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS

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16 May 2017 - Like any SIDS, Fiji continues to face key challenges in the sustainable management of its marine and coastal ecosystems. 
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15 May 2017 - A revolution in thinking is needed to protect this vital commons.

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Organized by the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, in collaboration with UNDP.

Event Date:
17/05/2017 - 04:00 to 18/05/2017 - 12:00
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Multisectorial consultation on the state of the oceans. This event brings together participants from various sectors:

Event Date:
10/05/2017 - 09:00
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