COP25 event on State of climate services report: lessons learned and ways forward for “leaving no one behind” in SIDS

Event Tabs

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

“Small islands (including Small Island Developing States, SIDS) are particularly exposed to ocean and cryosphere change, such as sea level rise, extreme sea level” (IPCC, 2019). Low-lying atoll nations are especially threatened by climate change, with many islands mere meters above sea level and subject to more frequent and intense extreme events (Global Commission on Adaptation, 2019).  Vulnerability is expected to be highest amongst agricultural- and coastal resource-dependent livelihoods in SIDS where climate-related shocks and stresses present significant barriers to adaptation (IPCC, 2018), making it more difficult for households to accumulate assets, regularly wiping out their stock of assets, or even creating irreversible impacts on health and well-being. Without urgent action, climate change threatens to push an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 (Hallegatte, S. et al., 2016).

The side event will present the findings with regards to SIDS as emerging from the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and State of Climate Services Report. It will also provide a forum for presenting five strategic elements of the FAO coordinated approach for Addressing the Climate Change and Poverty Nexus in coastal communities and SIDS, as well as lessons learned and a keynote presentation on Caribbean SIDS needs and way forward.   

The event will take pace on December 10th at 10:30 – 11:30am at IPCC-WMO Science Pavilion (COP25).

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