Ocean Action Hub

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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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.

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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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24 Oct 2017 - Solutions to address human-induced “Ocean Change” are needed to save life in the ocean and reverse the cycle of decline in which it is caught, according to Fiji’s Ambassador

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18 Oct 2017 - Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors and staff from the Peace Boat visited UNDP headquarters to learn about UNDP’s work on ocean conservation and sustainable development.

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16 Oct 2017 -  Seychelles received a round of applause in New York today from a group of ambassadors to the United Nations dedicated to promoting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14) o

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Aruba

This case study describes how Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, an award-winning resort in Aruba, is leading the way by adopting a sustainable approach to tourism.

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9 Oct 2017 - The World Bank approved over US$20 million to improve fisheries and marine resources management in the Seychelles.

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