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Coping with and adapting to ocean threats for resilient SIDS communities

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students from the Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary and Althea Scatliffe Primary Schools in the Virgin Islands (British) evacuating to higher ground during Caribwave/Lantex Tsunami Exercise held on 23 March, 2011

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are stewards of vast ocean resources and play a key role in efforts to sustainably manage ocean and coastal resources. However, because of their close relation to the ocean, they are often the first to feel the effects of ocean related hazards such as sea level rise, tsunamis and now the likely impacts of ocean acidification.
This side event, organized during the 3rd United Conference on Small Island Developping States, will address how science and observation can improve the use of warnings and early warnings system and guide the development of coastal adaptation measures in SIDS, discuss common strategies for reducing vulnerability to these type of risks; and identify mitigation measures that have been successful in protecting people whilst building ecosystem resilience.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 01.09.2014 17:00 local time
End 01.09.2014 18:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Barbière, Julian
Organizer Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO)
Country Samoa
City Apia
Venue Faleata Sports Complex
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website Programme (pdf)
Link 1 UNESCO's Contibution to the International Year on Small Island Devlopping States 2014
Link 2 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Link 3 UNESCO events during the conférence
Link 4


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