An Assessment of Climate Change Constraints and Opportunities on Small Island States

Tom Rogers, Walter Filho, Ksenia Chmutina

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It is widely known that climate change poses a wide range of risks to small island developing states (SIDS). The literature entails a comprehensive number of studies focusing on the risks and hazards posed by climate change to small island developing states, but there is a paucity of studies which focus on the role that climate change policies have been playing in dealing with their problems and constraints. This paper addresses a perceived need for studies focusing on the many opportunities and constraints that small island developing states have, which are peculiar to them as island nations. By means of a review of the literature to date, and an analysis of case studies from a sample of small island developing states in the Caribbean and Pacific regions (Barbados, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, The Cook Islands, Fiji, The Solomon Islands, and Tonga), this paper identifies various trends and suggests some of the means via which that climate change policies may support small island developing States in their efforts to cope with the many challenges posed by a changing climate.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusSubmitted - 14 Nov 2018

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