The building blocks for vital climate adaptation in small islands
Improving access to climate finance and increasing absorption of funding opportunities are integral to speeding up Small Island Developing States’ (SIDS) efforts to enhance adaptation and build long-term resilience to climate change. A recent “Writeshop” in Samoa, which brought together Pacific and Caribbean representatives to build on each other’s experiences, yielded a number of valuable lessons.
Where action on climate change, sustainable development and oceans intersects – Belize’s vision for AOSIS
“If we stand still we are at risk of losing our coasts, our reefs, our land and our food. This is as much a reality for Small Island Developing States as it is for the world,” said Ambassador Lois M. Young, launching Belize’s two-year term leading the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). The Caribbean nation’s vision for the Alliance, which turns 30 this year, focuses on ambitious action on climate change, sustainable development and oceans.
Glacial melt spells more trouble in the Himalayan LDCs
The recent landmark report on glacial melt in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region paints a drastic picture, indicating that the glaciers will melt by one third even if the global temperature rise is limited to 1.5°C. However, the picture becomes even bleaker for the region’s Least Developed Countries, in which the report projects glaciers will recede by some 50% by the end of the century, spelling disaster for the poorest people living on the roof of the world.