World Environment Day - Small Island Developing States

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The Issue of Marine Debris in Small Island Developing States

Some of the Earth’s most beautiful tropical paradises are being disfigured by the by-products of our modern society: marine debris.
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What is Happening in Samoa and Why Does it Matter

Samoa, an Island Nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, is the host of the Third UN International Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014.
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Sustainable Tourism

In a report on tourism in SIDS released prior to Rio+20, titled Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism in Small Island Developing States, UNWTO finds that the number of international tourists visiting SIDS reached 41 million in 2011.
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The 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture: Supporting SIDS

As a contribution of the heritage community to the 2014 SIDS Year, the Secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will organise a series of events to celebrate the Year from 30 June to 3 July 2014 in Port Moresby, PNG, on the occasion of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture that will be held under the topic of Celebrating Cultural Diversity.
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The Journey Continues: An Update on Hōkūle‘a

For the first time in 14 years, Hōkūleʻa returned to Papeʻete, the landfall for her maiden voyage from Hawaiʻi in 1976 where 17,000 Tahitians welcomed her.
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Small Islanders Become Climate Refugees as Sea Levels Rise

Early in 2014, the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa was reported to be the first to be relocated under the small island nation's "climate change refugee" programme,
according to the Fiji Times.
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More Island Images

In Naparima Girls High School in Trinidad, students are distilling water from their solar powered installation
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Islands from Space

This image features Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia. Papua was formerly named Irian Jaya, it changed its name only recently in 2002. The Indonesians had called it Irian Jaya, "Victorious Hot Land", when they took over control of the last of the Dutch East Indies colonies.
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Island Images: A Photo Journal by Bieke Depoorter

Photographer Bieke Depoorter is currently visiting Trinidad, on a mission to document Sustainable Energy projects and capture inspiring images of small islands, their beauty, diversity and successes in dealing with climate change challenges.
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Hōkūle‘a – A Voyage Dedicated to a Sustainable Future for Islands

In 2014, to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe -- Hōkūle‘a, and Hikianalia -- her sister voyaging canoe, started a three-year voyage around the world to chart a new course for a resilient and sustainable future.
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Belize – Towards Sustainable Land Use

Among the challenges this Caribbean nation faces is the constant threat to its agricultural production, which accounts for about 65 percent of its export revenue. Deforestation, unsustainable agricultural practices and severe weather episodes like hurricanes all contribute to the degradation of the limited land resources of Belize.
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Marine Conservation in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Challenge Initiative’s (CCI) aims are to preserve and protect the region’s marine and coastal environment, as well as accelerate efforts to transition to renewable energy. CCI’s “20 by 20 Goal” targets the protection of at least 20% of the Caribbean’s marine and coastal environment by 2020. Nine Caribbean governments and 17 corporations have together made a series of bold commitments towards these aims.
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Micronesia Challenge: An Inspiring Movement

In 2006, in the midst of increasing global threats such as climate change, the drastic decline of biodiversity and the extreme vulnerability of small island nations, Heads of Government across Micronesia challenged not only themselves but also the international community, to step up and exceed the conservation targets set by international conventions and treaties.
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Greening Tourism in Small Island Developing States

Tourism is a vital sector of the economies of most SIDS For more than a half of them, it is the largest source of foreign exchange. The social, economic and environmental well-being of many SIDS is tied to this sector. Tourism receipts represent more than 30% of their total exports; in comparison, the average for the world is just over 5%.
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Building a Green Economy in Barbados: Maximizing Solar Energy

In Barbados, one of the major environmental concerns is the island’s over dependence on imported fossil fuels. The Barbadian government’s National Strategic Plan of Barbados for 2006-25 is designed to rectify this dependency by increasing the country’s renewable energy supply, with a particular focus on raising the number of household solar water heaters by 50 per cent by 2025. Solar water heaters are now a widely used renewable energy technology in Barbados, with installations in nearly half of the island’s dwelling units.
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Fighting Floods in Fiji

Flash flooding, surface flooding from high rainfall, coastal flooding from storm surges, shoreline erosion, riverbank erosion and upslope erosion are some of the challenges facing this South-Pacific island of Fiji.
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Climate Change: A Big Challenge for Small Caribbean Islands

The combined emissions of small islands represent less than 1 per cent of global emissions. Yet these islands are the most vulnerable to changes in climate patterns, and rising sea levels can cause loss of land along coastlines of low-lying islands, disrupting economies and livelihoods.
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Seychelles: Finding Solutions to Water Scarcity
The Seychelles government adopts a bill that adds rainwater harvesting to national building codes, following the success of a small scale UNEP-UNDP demonstration project in schools.
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