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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Climate Forecasting for Small Island Nations

Publication Year: 2016 Publisher: WMO


Managing Risks, Maximizing Opportunities

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are often affected by weather extremes and climate change, including the increased severity of cyclones, storm surges, heavy rains, droughts, sea-level rise and ocean acidification. Investments in disaster risk reduction, including early warning systems and adaptation measures for critical sectors, are therefore critical for building resilient communities and facilitating sustainable development.

SIDS have demonstrated leadership in calling for action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions while adapting to weather and climate extremes. They can also lead the way in applying weather and climate services to support vital economic sectors and vulnerable communities. This brochure shows how some of the world’s smallest island nations are now using new climate forecasting tools to boost their economies and enhance livelihoods in areas as diverse as renewable energy, agriculture and national economic planning. In these pages you will read about key champions of climate forecasting services such as the President of the Seychelles and the Prime Minister of Samoa, who have been quick to realize the clear value of investing in climate forecasting services both to manage risks and to maximise economic opportunities posed by a changing climate.