Island Innovations UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face extraordinary and unique sustainable development challenges as a result of their small size, remoteness, narrow resource and export base, and high dependency on imported fossil fuel. At the same time, SIDS are extraordinarily dependent on healthy ecosystems and a stable climate. Nature-based activities account for a large share of economic activity and job opportunities in SIDS. This publication, ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS’, demonstrates that far from succumbing to these challenges, SIDS have time and again risen to the task of managing their fragile environments to meet their sustainable development goals.