African islands meet to address climate change and disaster risk challenges
Addis Ababa - Representatives of African Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have convened here for a two-day workshop to develop a collaborative framework for support to address the challenges of climate change and manage disaster risks. The workshop aims to provide African SIDS with support to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change and seize opportunities in emerging areas related to the transition towards blue and green economies that are aligned to development aspirations.
“The impact of climate-related extreme events is likely to increase as the effect of climate change intensifies, but there is also much that is and can be done to build resilience to climate change in these six countries,” says Fatima Denton, Director of the Special Initiatives Division. “There is a need to develop capacity to undertake effective long-term dynamic adaptation planning and implement decision-making mechanisms to manage multi-sectoral risks that they face and enable SIDS to make their transitions to blue and green economies,” she said.