Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are home to 65 million people and bastions of biodiversity, face unique challenges. Because they are small, their economies are not diversified and hence particularly vulnerable to external shocks, such as the collapse of tourism during COVID 19 or sky-rocketing energy and food prices in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They are also extremely vulnerable to the rising sea levels and extreme weather brought on by climate change.
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Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives
For low-lying island states, the impacts of global warming and climate change can be a matter of survival. The irony is that while these states have not contributed much to greenhouse emissions, as they produce very little, they may face some of the worst consequences. The Maldives is no stranger to the risks from climate change. It is already witnessing an increase in intense rainfall and resultant flooding, cyclonic winds and storm surges. As one of the lowest-lying countries in the world, with all its people living a few meters above sea level and over two thirds of its critical infrastructure lying within 100 meters of the shoreline, a sea level rise of just a few meters will put the nation further at risk, endangering its relative prosperity.
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