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[SDG 14.7] By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island Developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.

Definition

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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As SIDS work to sustainably rebuild their economies following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to highlight the opportunities of the ocean for resilient low-carbon gr

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Oceans have always inspired and nurtured us. Their vastness has challenged our thinking and our ingenuity. They have made us sailors, navigators, explorers and scientists.

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As the new year begins, the world continues to battle a global pandemic, all within the context of a planetary climate emergency.

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The One Ocean Summit took place last week in Brest, France.

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This special edition of the UNDP SIDS Bulletin provides a take on 2021 in retrospect in the interconnected sectors of Blue Economy, Digital Transformation, Climate Action and Data in SIDS.

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The December 2021 Edition of the GEF IW Portfolio News features the following ocean-related stories from around the globe:

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The November 2021 Edition of the GEF IW Portfolio News features the following ocean-related stories from around the globe:

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This MPA Outlook reviews the commitment by governments to achieve 10 percent...
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In this issue, read the following feature stories, as well as other related documents and reports, events and opportunities, on the ocean:

  1. SIDS take the “blue” route as 63-year record-high global CO2 emissions set to impact the oceans
  2. New report suggests that more destructive ocean waves are attributed to the oceans absorbing 90% of the planet's heat
  3. A 20% increase in observer coverage assisted by electronic monitoring (EM) programs can improve the sustainability of tuna fisheries
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Policymakers and experts call on UNCTAD to play a leading role in research, finance and technical assistance to conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources.

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Paris, 8 June – In the context of global celebrations for World Oceans Day, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced the first Actions officially endorsed as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the ‘Ocean Decade’).

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