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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In the national consultation of Samaná, Ileana González tells us about the situation that the community faces due to its relationship with the sea.

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10 May 2017 - The Environment Ministry and UNDP have initiated the Consultation to improve the preservation of marine waters and biodiversity.

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Multi-sectoral consultation on the state of the ocean.

Event Date:
10/05/2017 - 09:00
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8 May 2017 - A new centre for ocean restoration, awareness and learning (CORAL) has opened on Praslin, the second-most populated island of Seychelles.

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le 3 mai 2017 - Avec un espace maritime d’une étendue de deux fois sa superficie terrestre, l’ODD #14 est d’une importance cruciale pour le développement de Madagascar.
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The Country Office of UNDP in the Dominican Republic is committed to supporting the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in the Ocean National Consultation.

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Workshop to raise awareness about SDG14; provide an update on the Ocean Conference and Fiji’s preparations and agree on the process for the creation of Fiji’s Voluntary Commitments.

Event Date:
02/05/2017 - 08:30 to 17:00
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28 Apr 2017 - The fate of the world’s marine life today - including the threatened bluefin tuna - is in all our hands

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26 Apr 2017 - For Sri Lanka, heavily economically dependent on the ocean, UN initiatives relating to the ocean and climate change are of particular importance.

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24 Apr 2017 - UNDP OCEAN BLOG SERIES - Local communities are at the forefront of marine resources management.

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19 Apr 2017 - As many countries turn inward, it is more important than ever to tackle critical challenges that are beyond the reach of any single state and which compel us to work together.

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18 Apr 2017 - A five-day regional training workshop on Coastline Mapping using Satellite Imagery was launched yesterday at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) in Albion.

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