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GCCA+ work in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) –actions increasing climate resilience ( GCCA+ side event at COP23)

At COP23 on 14 November at the EU Pavilion in Bonn, the GCCA+ is presenting a panorama of realistic transformational changes to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) counter the consequences of climate change threatening their shores – and very survival. The session will feature a video about key GCCA+ actions to ramp up climate change resilience in the Indian Ocean.

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) side event from 9:30-11:00 will also feature case studies from Haiti, the Seychelles and Timor-Leste, a Q&A session and a presentation of recommendations and conclusions. Examples from other countries will be highlighted during the presenations. These include the Comoros, Fiji, Mauritius, Sao Tomé and Vanuatu. After welcoming remarks the event will kick-off with a five-minute video, Building climate change resilience in the Indian Ocean. It features GCCA+ activities in Mauritius, the Comoros and the Seychelles and the personal experiences of farmers, residents and officials in their own words about the realities on the ground. Some of the GCCA+ solutions are presented, such as a GCCA+ project to help organic farmers grow tougher crops that can better survive in harsh conditions.

Actions with options

Speakers at the event will focus on the GCCA+’s experience working in SIDS, and the resulting strengthening of their resilience to the impacts of climate change. The GCCA+ approach encompasses the many possible adaptation options for SIDS. In addition to its ground-level work, GCCA+ promotes stronger institutions, policy and regulations. For example, engineering projects can focus on stronger sea defences, hurricane-resistant buildings and the provision of water storage. Other projects focus on legislative changes such as revising building codes, improving land zoning near coasts and rivers, and updating water policy. Technological solutions include research and improving crop resilience. GCCA+ projects take into account solutions to reduce the constraints SIDS face that can limit their options and their implementation, such as inadequate data and technical capacity, weak human and institutional capacity and limited financial resources.

Participate!

With COP23 attracting delegates, policymakers and civil society representatives from around the world, the GCCA+ looks forward to taking your questions and suggestions and engaging in a fruitful conversation about the future of climate action support for SIDS. The event will close with a presentation on recommendations and conclusions. With the launch of the GCCA in 2007, the EU became the first international donor to identify SIDS as a specific target of its climate change actions. This recognition of their specific circumstances and vulnerability laid the foundations for national and global actions to increase the resilience of SIDS to climate change.

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  • What: GCCA+ side event on work with Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • When: 14 November, 9:30-11:00
  • Where: COP23, Bonn, Germany: Pavilion of the European Union in the Bonn Zone ; “Brussels” room

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Florine Thiéry
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8 November 2017

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