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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Developed for The Ocean Conference by the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program,...
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Hosted by the Government of Grenada, UNDP and the OECD.

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05/06/2017 - 11:00
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Hosted by UN FAO and the Governments of Grenada, the Netherlands and Cape Verde.

Event Date:
05/06/2017 - 13:15
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ACP Secretariat in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Seychelles, The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and SPIF.

Event Date:
06/06/2017 - 13:15
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Seychelles

31 May 2017 - The Government of the Seychelles has considered and approved the presentation of four voluntary commitments from the Seychelles to the Ocean Conference to be held in New York

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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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