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Small island developing states and climate change vulnerability

May 2015

Small island developing states (SIDS) are mainly small isolated islands whose communities are commonly understood to be among the first places that will be very seriously affected by climate change

The author of the paper on which this case study is based is:  Ilan Kelman, Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo

Appeared in: The Geographical Journal: Volume 180, Issue 2

Reference: Kelman, I. (2014) No change from climate change: vulnerability and small island developing states, The Geographical Journal, 180:2, p120-129

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a United Nations designated group of fifty two countries and territories which display similar developmental and sustainability concerns (UN, 1994 and 2005). SIDS are mainly small isolated islands, and people living in SIDS often depend on the ocean for their livelihoods.  These communities are commonly understood to be among the first places that will to be very seriously affected by climate change


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