Small islands, big challenges
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CTA. 2005. Small islands, big challenges. Spore 117. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47945
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The International Meeting on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has a well-organised website, with climate change featuring strongly.
Given their size and limited resources, many small islands now realise it may be wise to club together to push their case for more help with climate change, and to draw up strategies to offset the impact. A growing network of alliances have been launched in recent years, culminating in the global summit held in Mauritius in January 2005 with the slogan, Small Islands, Big Stakes. The International Meeting on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has a well-organised website, with climate change featuring strongly. Here you can read the Mauritius Declaration, issued at the close of the summit, as well as background documents which explain the special challenges that global warming poses for small island nations. The Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet) links 43 island states, and its website provides a good selection of information on sustainable development issues, with a special section devoted to climate change, where visitors can carry out detailed searches as well as take part in discussion forums. Linked to SIDSnet is the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a highly active lobbying network of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change. Two island groupings which have already begun to draw up regional strategies are the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), whose Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC) programme is being implemented by 12 Caribbean states, and the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This Samoa-based organisation operates the Pacific Islands Climate Change Assistance Program (PICCAP) for 10 Pacific Island countries, and its website is a mine of information about the effects of climate variability in the region. The Internet-based Science and Development Network (SciDev) has a rich dossier on climate change. There is also a well-written booklet, Climate change: A developing world perspective, downloadable in PDF format, with a range of articles examining the impact of climate change on the South and analysing some ways in which these countries can prepare for it. For further information: AOSIS www.sidsnet.org/aosis CCCCC University of Belize, R.L.C. Building City of Belmopan Belize Fax: +011 501 822 1365 Email:email@example.com Website: www.caribbeanclimate.org International Meeting on Small Island Developing States www.un.org/smallislands2005 SciDev Go to www.scidev.net/dossiers and select climate change from the options. Climate change booklet downloadable as PDF from: www.scidev.net/pdffiles/ClimateChangeLeaflet.pdf SIDSnet www.sidsnet.org SPREP PO Box 240, Apia Samoa Fax: +685 20231 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.sprep.org