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Caribbean - Small Island Developing States: Building resilience for sustainable trade, tourism, transport infrastructure and development

Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as the Caribbean Island of Grenada, face a double exposure to external economic and environmental shocks.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as the Caribbean Island of Grenada, face a double exposure to external economic and environmental shocks.

This has been made painfully clear by the economic shock caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has, among other things, crippled the tourism industry upon which many SIDS depends. Tourism accounts for almost 30% of SIDS’ gross domestic product.  

SIDS are also particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events, which are predicted to increase as a result of climate change. This was highlighted all too recently when Cyclone Harold swept across Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Tonga causing widespread destruction and loss of life in early April 2020.

A new outcomes report, “Climate resilient transport infrastructure for sustainable trade, tourism and development in SIDS”, was recently released as part of a joint project between UNEP’s Environment and Trade Unit and UNCTAD’s Policy and Legislation Section, supported by the German Government.

The report documents the key outcomes of a High Level Panel discussion held during the global climate conference (COP25) in Madrid in December 2019 to raise awareness of the climate related challenges facing SIDS and the importance of and action required to build climate resilience.

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Link to Report: “Climate resilient transport infrastructure for sustainable trade, tourism and development in SIDS”,