Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010 The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

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The Goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy. This report shows how much progress has been made. Perhaps most important, it shows that the Goals are achievable when nationally owned development strategies, policies and programmes are supported by international development partners. At the same time, it is clear that improvements in the lives of the poor have been unacceptably slow, and some hard-won gains are being eroded by the climate, food and economic crises.

United Nations
June 2010

Surviving climate change in small islands: A guidebook Surviving climate change in small islands: A guidebook

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This guidebook contains information about the risks associated with climate change. It explains how existing social, economic and environmental vulnerability can magnify the risks associated with climate change and it describes actions that can be undertaken to prepare for climate change. Key terms and concepts are defined for those  unfamiliar with climate change terminology.

Authors: Emma L. Tompkins, Sophie A. Nicholson-Cole, Lisa-Ann Hurlston, Emily Boyd, Gina Brooks Hodge, Judi Clarke, Gerard Gray, Neville Trotz and Lynda Varlack

 Date: October 2005

The Role of Ecosystem Management in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction The Role of Ecosystem Management in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

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The UNEP Copenhagen Discussion Series are working papers produced by UNEP and its partners in the lead up to the UNFCCC Climate Talks in Copenhagen in December 2009.

This Issues Paper firstly analyzes the vicious spiral between climate change impacts, ecosystem degradation and increased risk of climate-related disasters; secondly, defines the central role of ecosystem management in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and their multifaceted linkages; and thirdly, assesses the challenges for enhanced ecosystem management for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

UNEP June 2009; Paper 2.

Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change. (extern Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change. (extern

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Current efforts to address climate change focus mainly on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly through cleaner energy strategies, and on attempting to reduce vulnerability of communities at risk by improving infrastructure to meet new energy and water needs. This report attempts to set out a compelling argument for including ecosystem‐based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change. Such ecosystem-based strategies can offer cost‐effective, proven and sustainable solutions contributing to, and complementing, other national and regional adaptation strategies.

Environment Department, the World Bank. June 2009.

A Scientific Backdrop to Climate Change Policy (2006) A Scientific Backdrop to Climate Change Policy (2006)

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Published in the Policy Quarterly; Volume 2, Number 1, 2006

Author: Dr Sean Weaver
Date: 2006
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