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Environmental Studies


Corrie Grosse


Climate resilience and adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been global models since the earliest signals of the climate emergency yet the tools needed for SIDS to overcome this growing crisis have not been sufficiently provided. This deficiency is a common problem among SIDS which is becoming more severe in proportion to the climate crisis. According to the report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, launched by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): “Small islands present the most urgent need for investment in capacity building and adaptation strategies (high confidence) but face barriers and constraints which hinder the implementation of adaptation responses.” My research corroborates this truth. It is informed by a review of relevant literature and four interviews conducted with experts and youth activists on themes of climate resilience in SIDS at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) hosted in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt in November 2022.